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Duffy excited

6 June 2016

Mark Duffy is excited about the next chapter of his career having agreed to join the Blades on a two-year deal.

Earlier this month, following his release by Birmingham City, Duffy agreed a pre-contract agreement with United that will officially see him become a Blade on the 1st July.

And as well as admitting the lure of Sheffield United played a big part in his decision to move to South Yorkshire, another contributory factor to the switch was being reunited with his former Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill.

The 30-year-old remarked: "Alan was brilliant for me. He really worked on my game and improved me no end.

"Looking back then, I was an out-and-out winger. If people couldn't get the ball to me, then I was pretty much a spectator during matches.

"But Alan taught me a lot, including how to come inside and be more of an influence. I learnt how dictate things better and drift around. That was much more down to him than it was me."

Duffy was also 'impressed' upon meeting new boss Chris Wilder for the first time and believes a good team spirit, like the one he experienced at Burton Albion last season, will only aid the Club's bid for promotion back to the Championship in 2016/17.

He continued: "Attitude takes you a long way in this game. And that's one of the things which really impressed me speaking to the Gaffer here. He understands and is really big on that.

"Burton were one of the favourites to go down last season, but we believed in ourselves and we believed in the manager.

"The way we got set-up, we were never going to take a hiding. If we got beat, then we'd get reminded what we were, a good, close-knit group, and not to lose sight of that.

"Of course, ability was important. But lots of other teams had that. It was spirit and togetherness which probably got us promoted."

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