Sheffield United: Manager is ready to ‘move on’ quickly following David Brooks’ departure

David Brooks in action for Sheffield United against Sheffield Wednesday last season
David Brooks in action for Sheffield United against Sheffield Wednesday last season

Chris Wilder has insisted Sheffield United must ‘move on’ after losing David Brooks, warning it would be a mistake to dwell on the youngster’s departure for AFC Bournemouth.

Instead Wilder, whose players will step-up their preparations for the new season with a friendly against Stocksbridge Park Steel on Friday, is urging supporters to focus on those players still at Bramall Lane rather than bemoan Brooks’ departure.

“It’s the people here now who are important,” the United manager said. “I don’t mean that disrespectfully, don’t read anything into that. But we’ve got good players here who have shown they are capable of achieving something if we continue to improve and work hard.”

Brooks has signed a four year contract, which The Star understands is worth £30,000 a week, on the south coast after informing Wilder he wanted to join Eddie Howe’s side. United are set to receive an initial downpayment of £12m from the Premier League club, with a further £3m due in what sources have described as “realistic” performance-related payments. Wilder hopes the vast majority of that money will be made available for transfers as he chases two new centre-forwards and a centre-half.