Sheffield United defender Ben Heneghan has been getting plenty of plaudits on the seaside with Blackpool.

Ben Heneghan celebrates scoring against Wycombe (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The 26-year-old moved to Blackpool in the summer. A loan deal sending Heneghan to the League One outfit.

He has gone on to become a regular under Simon Grayson. Blackpool currently sit 8th in League One and will be hoping for a run at the play-offs.

And Heneghan has been rewarded for his fine form at Bloomfield Road. This month has seen him awarded the Player of the Month accolade, voted for by fans of the club.

The award was confirmed by the club’s official website yesterday. It marks a stark rise for Heneghan, who struggled to make any sort of impact at Bramall Lane.

Bramall Lane struggles

Unlike most of Chris Wilder’s signings at Sheffield United, this is one that hasn’t worked out.

Heneghan arrived at the club in 2017 from Motherwell. The centre-back was a deadline day capture by Wilder as he looked to add to his squad ahead of United’s return to the Championship.

Ben Heneghan in his sole Sheffield United appearance (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

However, the form of the likes of Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell kept Heneghan out of the picture. Richard Stearman also arrived that summer.

Between Stearman, Jake Wright, and loanee defender, Cameron Carter-Vickers, they restricted Heneghan to just a solitary appearance in the red and white.

Finding his feet

It’s nice to see a player land on his feet and do well. Sheffield United are a club who want to look after their players.

Chris Wilder often talks about ‘the group’. While Heneghan hasn’t played much, he’s still been part of a squad who have enjoyed a meteoric rise.

Chris Wilder is a big fan of having a group of players going in the same direction (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Blackpool are a good club for Heneghan. Simon Grayson is also a good manager to work under. He’s still only 26, too.

With a full season under his belt in League One, he might well fulfil some of the obvious potential Chris Wilder saw in him.

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