Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder believes John Brayford will return to Burton Albion

Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground

The former Derby County and Cardiff City defender spent time on loan with the Brewers last season, and Wilder thinks he's going back.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is firmly of the belief that defender John Brayford will be making his temporary stay at Burton Albion a permanent one, with the right back being allowed to leave Bramall Lane, as reported by the Yorkshire Post. 

The 29-year-old excelled at the Pirelli Stadium last season, making 33 appearances and claiming four assists as the Brewers defied the odds to survive in the Championship, finishing one point clear of the relegation zone.

Sheffield United's John BrayfordSheffield United's John Brayford

Despite his brilliant form and Sheffield United's promotion to the Championship, Brayford has been told he doesn't fit into Wilder's plans at Bramall Lane and can find a new club, which seems something of a surprise given the Blades' primary aim will be to survive.

However, Wilder is keen to push him out the door at Bramall Lane, and speaking about Brayford's future, the Blades' boss is of the belief that it makes sense for the 29-year-old to reunite with his former manager Nigel Clough for a third permanent spell.

“Obviously he had a really good season under Nigel," Wilder said, as reported by the Yorkshire Post. "He played his best football under him, be it here or at Burton. I should imagine I will be having a conversation with Nigel about John.

"If there is a deal to be done, we will try and do it. If not, then he comes back to us and we go from there. I would think (a move) is a likely avenue. He picked up their player-of-the-year award, and also with Nigel’s relationship with John.”

Manchester United's Memphis Depay in action with Sheffield United's John BrayfordManchester United's Memphis Depay in action with Sheffield United's John Brayford

Sheffield United won promotion back to the Championship for the first time since their relegation in 2011 in emphatic style. with the Blades winning the league with 100 points to their name - 14 more than second placed Bolton Wanderers.

Despite their excellent promotion, most neutrals will be tipping the Blades to finish comfortably in the lower half of the table, well away from relegation danger and with a stable platform to build a possible play-off push from.

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