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Sheffield United's top 30 players - Number 29

HITC Sport's run-down of Sheffield United's top 30 players continues with Chris Morgan

Captain for eight of his nine years as a Sheffield United player, Chris Morgan may not be the most technically gifted to have graced Bramall Lane but you won't find many who were more committed.

Few sets of supporters appreciate a good old-fashioned hard man more than United's, making the Blades and Morgan a match made in heaven.

Born just up the road in Barnsley, the centre-back played Premier League football with his hometown team, before switching to Bramall Lane in 2003. Within three seasons he was leading his new club back there after a 12-year absence.

Morgan was a regular in United's most recent top-flight campaign, scoring once in a 2-1 home win against Charlton Athletic, but was unable to keep them up. It was one of only two seasons in which United finished below ninth place in any division with the Yorkshireman on their playing staff.

Morgan was named Blades player of the year in 2004 and, despite hanging up his boots in four years ago, was handed a testimonial against Newcastle United last summer, having remained at the Lane as Under-21 team manager, assistant coach and, on two occasions, caretaker boss.

Of all the great memories of Morgan the player, few can top the time he clattered Dougie Freedman in the air from behind, and the referee awarded a free-kick against the then Crystal Palace striker.

Sheffield United career: 2003-2012 (player)

Appearances: 269

Goals: 14

Honours: Championship runner-up (2004-05)

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