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Sheffield United are calling John Brayford back for discussions about his future with his loan at the Brewers last season ending recently, says Burton Mail. The defender still has one year left on his contract with the Yorkshire club, but he did everything he could for the Burton Albion cause in the last campaign, even playing when injured to help keep them up.
Brayford had been a big hit at Sheffield United in his earlier days making 44 appearances for them in 2015, under Nigel Clough the now Burton manager. But he started his career at the Brewers and obviously has a deep fondness for the club, and a strong bond with its supporters.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder poses with the LMA Special Achievement award
So where would Brayford be better off?
Sheffield United are recently promoted and yet it is possible that Chris Wilder could be off himself having been made favourite for the vacant Sunderland manager's job, as HITC has reported. That makes it a little more uncertain what kind of regime might be in place at Bramall Lane.
The right-back was happiest at Sheffield when he played for Nigel Clough and was soon shifted out on loan when he wasn't as well received by Chris Wilder. This was a surprise as local paper the Star reports at the time.
Burton Albion may not be the strongest or richest club in the Championship but they need players who will give their heart and soul for the club and Brayford certainly does that for them. Last season Brayford made it into the Football League's Team of the Week after the Brewers secured a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, reported the club's website.
Burton Albion Manager Nigel Clough hopes he can keep John Brayford
Brayford made 171 defensive clearances for the Albion and 64 tackles last season in 33 games, only Luke Murphy made more tackles for the Brewers.
The defender appears to be torn between the two clubs at the moment, but perhaps he will get to decide once and for all this summer where his future lies.