Sheffield United: John leads by example

John Brayford impressed on his return from injury last weekend �2015 Sport Image all rights reserved
John Brayford impressed on his return from injury last weekend �2015 Sport Image all rights reserved

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has paid tribute to John Brayford’s commitment, insisting the defender set an example by showing determination and desire on his return from injury.

Brayford completed the South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley after volunteering for selection despite playing less than three games of Professional Development League football since damaging knee ligaments last term.

The defender had not featured since last season's play-off semi-finals � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

The defender had not featured since last season's play-off semi-finals � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Adkins said: “You look him in the eyes and ask him, he says he’s good to go. Again, I was looking for a response in our last game and we gave that, what John did was part of that. “

Adkins refuted claims it had been a risk to select Brayford for the South Yorkshire derby, adding: “You’ve got to make decisions and he’s gone through a process of 45 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes with the under-21’s. He’s been training and we were confident, as was John, about what we were doing.

“He made some lung-busting runs and we want to see even more of that.”