Scotland international John Fleck has reflected on how he managed to bag himself a move to Sheffield United.
The midfielder is enjoying a brilliant season which has already resulted in Premier League regularity and the chance to make his Scotland debut.
It was only a few seasons ago though that Fleck was with the Blades in League One. He’s been with Chris Wilder’s side all the way through their journey up the leagues. He’s now reflected on this time period.
He told Daily Record (page 59, 10/11/19): “When I left Coventry I had a few options elsewhere. But Sheffield United were always in my mind.
“The first time I met the manager at the ground, I walked out on to the pitch, just me and my agent. And when I walked off, I had this feeling that I can’t really explain. I just knew in my gut that I wanted to sign there. I signed the next day. At that point, getting to the Premier League wasn’t even in my head.
“I just knew it was a big club, a stadium with a terrific atmosphere. And I knew they had good players having already played them. “So I felt if it went in the right direction, who knows what could happen. It’s been unbelievable what’s happened since.”
Scotland midfielder Fleck is a Sheffield United hero
Fleck’s been with the Blades through two seasons of promotion, culminating in their return to the top flight this term. A battle to stay up was touted, but United have shocked a few faces.
They’ve soared into fifth place ahead of the November internationals, with Fleck playing in ten of those matches.
Scotland have reaped the benefits of Fleck’s international form too. He’s given Steve Clarke one more option in an engine room that can boast the likes of Scott McTominay, John McGinn, Callum McGregor and Kenny McLean.
Fleck will be glad he picked the right club after his Coventry City stint.