Monty - We must stay focused
Nick Montgomery is remaining focused after suffering yet more play-off agony with Sheffield United.
Last Updated: 26/05/09 8:12pm
Sheffield United's Nick Montgomery is remaining focused after suffering yet more play-off heartbreak with the Blades.
The long-serving 27-year-old, a product of the club's youth system, was part of the side beaten 3-0 by Wolves in the play-off final back in 2003.
And now six years on, the midfielder has again tasted the agony of defeat, this time losing 1-0 to Burnley on Monday.
While hurting from this latest blow, Montgomery is staying positive, believing there is much to feel positive about at Bramall Lane.
He said: "We've got some very young lads, like Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker, you can see the ability they've got.
"It's going to be a long summer, but we've got to come back for pre-season and be focused on where we want to be.
"I'm only 27 myself but I've been through this twice now and it doesn't get any easier. I hope if I get here again it will be third time lucky.
"But the young lads have a fantastic future and with the squad we've got, if we can keep the majority of the lads together and maybe add a couple of players, then next season we will have a real chance."
But the Blades' task will be harder next season with the parachute payments, following their relegation from the Premier League two years ago, having run out.
Relegated Newcastle, Middlesbrough and West Brom will also be vying to return to the top-flight at the first attempt.
"There are some big clubs coming down - make no mistake this was a good opportunity to get promoted this season," added Montgomery.
"It's going to be a tough division next year, but Sheffield United are a big club with big ambitions.
"We've got to get over this now. It's not going to be easy but hopefully next season we can carry on our progression."