Ryan Flynn has revealed that helping Sheffield United regain their Championship status would be the proudest moment of his career, writes James Shield.
The Scottish winger made the admission after describing how previous failures, including last season’s play-off defeat, has made long-serving members of Bramall Lane’s squad even more determined to set the record straight this time around.
Flynn, a member of the United team which reached the semi-finals of both the FA and Capital One cups under Nigel Adkins’ predecessor Nigel Clough, told The Star: “My one goal, my only goal, is promotion. I’ve been here a long time, seen a lot of stuff and the club really gets under your skin but, to be fair, that just spurs you on.
“I was talking with Collo (Neill Collins) the other day and we both agreed there’d be nothing more satisfying that getting this club up to the Championship again. Just how good would that be?
“We’ve been so close before, right up to the final hurdle, so we’re desperate to do it now. It would mean so much to all of us.”
Flynn, who won the FA Youth Cup with Liverpool in 2006 and 2007, has qualified for the League One play-offs in three of the last four seasons after joining United from Falkirk. He made his first competitive appearance since Adkins took charge three months ago during Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory at Hartlepool.
When a new manager comes in you know you’ve got to prove yourself all over again,” Flynn said. “Show that you are capable of doing the things he’s asking you to do.
“I’ve got to try and make an impact, whether starting or coming on, to show him. How often do you see a team play with the same 11 players all season. You don’t.”