Davis aims to prove his worth

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Sheffield United's club record signing Claude Davis admits he will have to improve his game if he is to make the grade at Premiership level.

The newly-promoted Blades paid Preston a fee of £2.5 million, rising to £3 million, to land the Jamaica international and Davis is delighted to have been given his top flight chance by Neil Warnock.

Warnock is hoping to mould a side strong enough to avoid an immediate return to The Championship and Davis can expect to figure as a key defensive lynchpin in The Blades' bid.

But Davis is refusing to take anything for granted, with the player acknowledging there is room for improvement in his game.

"That's the aim, playing against the best players in the world and to play against them I have to improve my game," Davis told the Jamaica Observer.

"This is just the start because signing doesn't ensure that I'm going to be playing, so I have to have a good pre-season and prove that I'm worthy to play."

Davis admits he has been hankering after The Premiership for a number of seasons, only to fail in the Championship play-offs in two successive seasons with Billy Davies's North End.

"It's something I've been working for and it's something I've been trying to get from two seasons ago with my old club Preston but it never happened," he added.

"We failed in the play-off finals, as we did again this season."