Warnock looking at trialists
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Neil Warnock wants to strengthen Sheffield United further for the new Premiership season.
Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock is looking to strengthen further for the coming Premiership campaign, while the newest additions are already settling in well.
The Blades have already signed David Sommeil, Claude Davis, Christian Nade and Mikele Leigertwood (pictured) for next term, but the South Yorkshire boss has not finished yet.
He is still looking for goalkeeper cover, after letting reserve shot-stopper Phil Barnes go to Grimsby town earlier in the summer.
"We've got a couple on trial this week from abroad and are looking at English players, we have only got Paddy Kenny at the moment," Warnock told Sky Sports News.
"I thought Phil Barnes deserved to have a crack for a couple of years in the first team, so we let him go to Grimsby, but we are looking around."
Meanwhile, new boy Leigertwood, 23, has expressed his happiness at returning to pre-season training with a top flight outfit and has been integrating well at Bramall Lane.
"Yeah the boys have been really good, they were welcoming, and we've had a few laughs already," Leigertwood added.
"Everybody trains with a smile on their face, even with the hard stuff, so long may it continue."
Warnock hopes the blend of experience and youth in his squad will see them successfully through their Premiership return, and is anxious to fend off raids for the club's best players.
Midfielder Phil Jagielka has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks, but he is focused solely on The Blades and is realistic about the tough challenge that lies ahead.
"You look around at every team. They're all big strong lads, obviously with a little bit more ability than we're used to, but hopefully we'll be okay from the start of the season," Jagielka stated.
United kick-off their Premiership campaign with a tasty tie against Liverpool, live on Sky Sports 1 on August 19.