Conor Sammon has received no guarantees about a place in Sheffield United’s starting eleven next term, writes James Shield.
The centre-forward, signed on a season long loan from Derby County, made the admission despite manager Nigel Adkins acknowledging that he had been a long-standing target.
Sammon, who is expected to make his second outing in a United jersey during tomorrow’s friendly at Macclesfield, told The Star: “There’s some fantastic young players here. Real competition and that’s good for everyone.
“You’ve got to be on top of your profession, looking after yourself and training well at all times if want to hold down a position.”
Although Sammon and fellow new arrival Billy Sharp appear in pole position to spearhead United’s attack when they return to competitive action against Gillingham on August 8, Marc McNulty, Michael Higdon, Diego De Girolamo and Che Adams are also capable of filling that role.
Sammon, who watched McNulty score his first goal this summer during Sunday’s draw with Newcastle, is preparing for his first taste of League One football but predicted that Adkins’ stable of attacking talent can work in tandem throughout the forthcoming campaign.
“All of us bring something different to the table. That’s another positive for me.
“It means we’ve got more options covered, whatever situations come up. You play so many games in this league, it’s a real grind, so you need those.”
Sammon endured a nomadic existence last season when, following a change of regime at the iPro Stadium, he enjoyed temporary spells with both Rotherham and Ipswich Town.
Adkins confirmed he has monitored the Republic of Ireland international’s progress since he burst onto the scene with Kilmarnock seven years ago, prompting Sammon to confirm he wants to secure a permanent contract when temporary agreement expires.
“It’s good to hear that manager has been tracking me.
“That’s a massive thing, it really is. It helps if there’s a real vibe that manager likes you. That it’s not just a case of ‘he’s available’ and getting the numbers up.
“I’ll just look to create good relationship with manager and my team mates. That will come from being a real nuisance on the pitch.”
Sammon added: “We’ve got everything here. A good group, good talent, a great fan base that I’m looking forward to playing in front of and a manager with a proven record of promotion from this league.
“Now it’s down to us as players to get stuck in as a group and do it out there on the pitch because this division is a real grind.
“Promotion is our aim.”