New Sheffield United recruit Sean McGinty has vowed to shed his ‘bad boy’ image during his new career at Bramall Lane.
The 19-year-old became the last player to be released by Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United at the end of May despite having a year left to run of his contract.
There were reports suggesting that he had fallen foul of Ferguson’s disciplinary code of conduct.
It was an unsettled season last year for McGinty, who was sent out on loan to play for three different clubs; Oxford United, Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers during that campaign. The defender made his debut for Rovers in their 1-0 loss to Sheffield United last March.
The defender, who has agreed a two-year deal with David Weir’s side, told The Star: “I made a few stupid mistakes along the way at Manchester United.
“I was young but I believe the only way you do learn is by making mistakes. I have learned from them and that’s water under the bridge now.
“I know what happened and I will never make those mistakes again. I believe they have made me a stronger person and I will be a better player because of it.
“What I am here to do is learn, get some games under my belt and really help the team push for promotion. That’s my aim.”
McGinty, a member of the Manchester United team who edged out the Blades in the FA Youth Cup final back in 2011, is hoping to force his way into Weir’s starting line-up next season.
But the Republic of Ireland under-21 international said: “There is no way I am going to come here and just walk into a League One side who I believe should be in the Championship, possibly even in the Premier League. We’ve got a lot of good players and it is definitely going to be a challenge to get into the team.
“But I’m going to do everything I can in training and in pre-season to show the manager that I am worthy of playing.”