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Boss on early business

4 January 2018

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The transfer window is now open and boss Chris Wilder has spoken for the first time about a couple of early decisions that he has made, whilst also revealing that two squad players could move out on-loan in the coming days.

James Hanson sealed a loan move to Bury for the remainder of the season on Wednesday evening and Wilder remarked: "James hasn't been part of the first-team for much of the season, so he needs to go and play games and get his career up and running again.

"We need a balanced squad too, it might free up a couple of quid to put towards what we're looking to do, so there is a financial side to the deal, but mainly the form of Leon and Clayton and with Billy also scoring goals the pathway for James was blocked.

"At League One level he's done exceptionally well, so it was understandably that there would be a lot of interest in him and hopefully he goes there and does really well."

Meanwhile, it was confirmed on Thursday morning that Ben Whiteman had returned from a successful stint in League One with Doncaster Rovers and Wilder says the Blades will now assess the progress of the midfielder.

He continued: "Ben is back training with us, his loan at Doncaster expired on Wednesday.

"We're looking and learn about numbers and having the balance and cover here. Ben has done outstanding well there and Darren Ferguson has been delighted with his contribution there.

"We're now looking at Ben this month and will see what happens."

Meanwhile, Ben Heneghan and Nathan Thomas are both likely to move out on-loan, with the manager adding: "There has been interest in both Ben and Nathan, but it's pretty slow in the first week of the window.

"There have been enquiries from clubs for players who haven't been involved and I expect both to go out and play football elsewhere in the next week to ten days."


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