KEVIN McDonald has confirmed he turned down offers from a number of clubs earlier this summer in favour of a move to Sheffield United.
The former Burnley midfielder, who agreed a one-year contract at Bramall Lane last month, faced an anxious wait before discovering whether his new employers could secure the funding required to complete his signature following their relegation from the Championship.
But McDonald, who spent a brief period on trial with United’s neighbours Doncaster Rovers, admitted the temptation of joining the South Yorkshire club proved impossible to resist after a full and frank discussion with manager Danny Wilson.
“There were other things on the table,” McDonald said. “I’d had invites to go on trial to a few places but when the gaffer told me he wanted me here then that was the only option I wanted to take.
“He was honest and open with me all along and kept me in the picture which was appreciated.
“The gaffer told me that he wanted me here but that he probably had to get rid of someone first.
“He also told my agent and I that he’d fully understand if I did go elsewhere but when he outlined his plans I wanted to come here which, fortunately, I have.
“It really helped that the gaffer and his staff were honest and straight with me right from the start and so I always knew what was going on.”
“I was on trial at Doncaster for a bit but they never really gave me an answer,” added McDonald.
“And so, when the chance of a trial came up at United, it was something I jumped at.”
Although an ankle complaint is expected to rule McDonald out of this afternoon’s visit to Scunthorpe, United could welcome Ched Evans back into the fold following a near- five-month absence through injury.
The Wales striker, who has been charged with rape following an alleged incident in Rhyl four months ago, has not featured since April’s derby with Barnsley.
But, having played in at least one behind closed doors friendly of late, Evans was a starter for United in Tuesday’s Central League fixture with Burton Albion.
Severe blisters on a foot have also hampered his progress.
Wilson warned United to expect a tough test at Glanford Park.
“They always make it tough for you to play,” he said