Jose Baxter: Sheffield United must move forward, says Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins
Adkins has previously managed Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has emphasised the need to move forward following Jose Baxter's drugs hearing.

Baxter appeared before the Football Association on Tuesday after he failed an out-of-competition drugs test.

Baxter, who denied any wrongdoing, was given a five-month ban with the last three months suspended for two years.

Adkins told BBC Radio Sheffield: "For us, it's a situation that should be put to bed and we can move forward in a positive manner."

Adkins, who attended the hearing with Baxter, said that other players could learn from the incident.

"Jose will go on an educational programme, which all players should be aware of anyway," he said.

"You have to be aware of the lifestyle situations that you are placed in."

Background on Baxter
Jose Baxter was suspended by Sheffield United in May after traces of a banned substance were found in a routine Football Association test
The midfielder denied any wrongdoing, saying the ecstasy found is his system was the result of his drink being spiked
Baxter started his career at Everton and signed a three-year deal at Bramall Lane after moving from Oldham Athletic in August 2013 for an undisclosed fee

Adkins took charge of United in June, succeeding Nigel Clough who was sacked after the club's play-off semi-final loss to Swindon.

"There's a hunger about the players and they've accepted a lot of things we're doing," he added.

"We want to get out of this division, ideally this season.

"At this moment in time the players are working extremely hard and I'm really pleased with that."

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