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McBurnie relishing return to training

23 May 2020

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'The sooner the games are back, in my eyes, the better', were the words of Oli McBurnie, who says the Blades players are focusing on returning to Premier League action, having re-commenced training at Shirecliffe this week.

Speaking to local journalists, the 23-yard-old striker commented: "Everyone is back in, but we're all in at different time slots throughout the day. The first lads are in at about 8:30 in the morning, then the last group is in at about 2pm.

"We're in groups of three or four doing more running than anything, which is not my favourite thing to do, but it's a step closer to where we want to be, which ultimately is playing football. The sooner the games are back, in my eyes, the better.

"But it's great to just be seeing the lads again because we've been doing a lot at home, it's been quite rigorous the stuff we've been doing and it's harder doing it on your own.

"Seeing a few of the boys, a few friendly faces and doing the running with them, it gets you through it that bit easier."

Meanwhile, McBurnie believes his time in the first-team at Bradford City as a teenager, coupled with loan spells at Chester City have aided his long-term development and helped him adapt his game having played a different role with Swansea to the one he relishes in South Yorkshire.

He added: "There were some tough days and games early on and the way we played at Bradford it was tough for a young kid to get into that team fit in and to excel.

It was one of the tougher periods of my career, but I think it helped build myself stronger mentally and cope with adversity a bit better.

"I don't think I would be the player am I today if I hadn't of gone through those tough times as a kid at Bradford.

"It's been good this season, I've had to adapt a lot with the way I play compared to last season at Swansea and I definitely wouldn't have been in those stats (most headers won in the Premier League) last year in the Championship, just because of the different styles of football.

"I've enjoyed it and I realised quickly that I had to adapt to fit into the way Sheffield United play if I wanted to play and I really did want to play."

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