Sheffield United: Blades star was bemused by his absence

Jamal Campbell-Ryce is expected to feature against Blackpool today � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Jamal Campbell-Ryce is expected to feature against Blackpool today � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

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Jamal Campbell-Ryce insists he is mystified why Nigel Clough dropped him from Sheffield United’s squad last season, describing the decision as “strange.”

But Campbell-Ryce, who has since been handed a reprieve by new manager Nigel Adkins, refuted reports of a disagreement behind the scenes.

The 32-year-old said: “If I had a £1 for every person who’d asked me that then I wouldn’t have to play football again. I honestly don’t know what it was. There was no bust-up for anything like that. That’s not me anyway.

“I had a chat at the end of the season and asked for some answers. I’d scored goals just before and then I, just as we were pushing for promotion, I was asked to go out. But I don’t really want to dwell on it now.”

Campbell-Ryce, who was loaned to Notts County in February, is expected to make his second appearance of the season when Blackpool visit Bramall Lane today.

“Everybody knows it was strange me going out when I did,” Campbell-Ryce added. “But that was the old regime and the old manager will have had his reasons.

“But it’s nice to get a fresh start. When the new one came in, he gave everybody a clean slate.

“I said to the manager (Adkins) when he came in that I feel as if I’ve got a point to prove, that I’m hungrier than ever to perform and do well.

“Hopefully he sees that and recognises that. Yes, last season was frustrating because I don’t want to train and then not play. That’s the worst thing in the world for me. I just want to give my all for Sheffield United.”

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