Halford's bid for promotion

Last updated : 02 July 2008 By Jamie Furniss

The 23 year old looks to follow the steps as his club where he came from (Sunderland) to the Premier League.

He said:" Promotion is the main aim. This is a massive club, great set-up and good players. I'm looking forward to a tough season but promotion is definitely on the cards. If we can hit the ground running and get a few early wins we will be up their."

Last term he had a loan spell with London outfit Charlton. He describes his time with the Addicks:" I enjoyed things at Charlton. I struggled to get games at Sunderland and then i went to London and played 14 consecutive games. It is nice to play and that is what I want to do to show my potential. The long throw is a big weapon, I used it for Charlton to score at Bramall Lane just before half time - it's a good asset that I can put into use for the team."

When Neil Warnock were the Blades Gaffer he revealed some interest in the defender while he was at Colchester United. He finished: "Warnock came in for me but Colchester were funny about it and didn't want me to go. It was another six months before I went to Reading but I'm glad to be here now - it is flattering that I am highly regarded here in a team that should be challenging for promotion."