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Adkins nominated for managerial award

Nigel Adkins has been shortlisted for the Sky Bet Manager of the Month award for August.

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The Sheffield United boss guided the Blades to second place in League One, following Saturday's 2-0 victory against Swindon Town at the County Ground.

The former Southampton manager is competing with Justin Edinburgh, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dean Smith for the award.

The winners will be announced on Friday.


Blades boss: Baxter has learnt his lesson

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has learnt his lesson after Jose Baxter was declared free to start the new season - despite receiving a five-month FA ban for failing a drugs test.

The 23-year-old had maintained his innocence throughout, claiming his drink had been spiked when traces of a banned substance were discovered in his system towards the end of last season.

He was found guilty after a personal hearing at the FA last week, but three months of his five month ban have been suspended, and the other two have aready been served, leaving him free to play in the season opener at Gillingham on August the the 8th.

Blades sign winger Woolford

Sheffield United have signed completed the signing of midfielder Martyn Woolford.

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The 29-year-old is boss Nigel Adkins' first signing since arriving at Bramall Lane.

Woolford, formerly of Scunthorpe United, Bristol City and most recently Millwall, joins the Blades on a two-year contract, with the option of a third.

The Pontefract-born frontman made 38 second tier appearances for Millwall last season.

Martyn can play in several attacking positions, is fit, strong, robust, honest, hard-working and has a fantastic professional attitude. He has been consistently available for selection over many seasons and knows the demands required of this level.

– Nigel Adkins

Blade Baxter free to play after drugs ban

Sheffield United midfielder Jose Baxter is free to resume his career after the Football Association handed him a five-month ban for failing a drugs test.

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The 23-year-old was suspended by the Blades in May when "traces of a banned substance" were found after Baxter underwent FA testing.

He requested a personal hearing, which was held at Wembley last Friday, and the FA has served him a five-month ban, three of which is suspended for two years, effective from when he failed his test.

Therefore, that two-month live suspension has run its course over the close season and the former Everton midfielder will continue to train with the League One club and be available for their season-opener at Gillingham on August 8.

Baxter has maintained his innocence throughout and claimed his drink had been spiked when "traces of a banned substance" were discovered in his system during an out-of-competition test.

Baxter made 48 appearances for the Blades last season, scoring 13 goals, and looks set to be a key figure as new boss Adkins plots a promotion campaign at Bramall Lane.

Jose Baxter is eligible to start the 2015-16 Sky Bet League One season following the conclusion of his Football Association personal hearing.

The player maintains that he engaged in no wrongdoing involving any banned substance knowingly, but was found guilty.

The unexpired period of the ban has been suspended for the next two years, hence being available to Nigel Adkins during pre-season and when the league campaign kicks off in August.

– Sheffield United statement


Jose Baxter drugs hearing outcome expected 'middle of next week'

Sheffield United have said that the outcome of Jose Baxter's drugs hearing is expected by the middle of next week.

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The club confirmed that the player had his personal hearing at the Football Association on Friday morning.

The 23-year-old tested positive for a banned substance, believed to be ecstacy in May, but denies any deliberate wrongdoing.

Blade Baxter set for drugs hearing

Sheffield United player Jose Baxter will find out today whether he will be banned for the start of the new season after failing a drugs test.

Jose Baxter will travel to Wembley for an FA hearing Credit: Press Association

The 23-year-old tested positive for a banned substance, believed to be ecstacy in May, but denies any deliberate wrongdoing.

Howard: Blades ready and raring to go for promotion

Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard says his team are "ready and raring" to go ahead of the upcoming League One season.

The Blades missed out on promotion last season after falling to Swindon in the play-offs but under new manager Nigel Adkins they will be hoping to go one better and return to the Championship.

Chris Dawkes spoke to Howard about the return to preseason:

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