Sheffield United: Blades make new signing

Martyn Woolford (back) has joined Sheffield United after leaving Millwall
Martyn Woolford (back) has joined Sheffield United after leaving Millwall
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Sheffield United have signed Martyn Woolford.

The 29-year-old today became the second arrival of Nigel Adkins’ reign following yesterday’s announcement that Diego De Girolamo would be putting pen to paper on a fresh contract.

Woolford, who worked under the United manager at his previous club Scunthorpe, parted company with Millwall last summer.

Born in Castleford, he represented Glasshoughton Welfare and Frickley Athletic before rising to prominence at Glanford Park following an impressive spell with York City.

A former England C international, Woolford also played for Bristol City before moving to London.

As The Star revealed earlier this month, United approached him about the possibility of joining their squad soon after appointing Lee Turnbull, the former Middlesbrough centre-forward, as head of recruitment and chief scout.

De Girolamo, an Italy youth international, appeared destined to leave Bramall Lane after indicating he would not be agreeing fresh terms. But, following talks with Adkins and his coaching staff, the striker has now committed himself to the club for at least a further two seasons with the option of a third.

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“It is great to be working with Nigel Adkins once again and everyone knows what the major goal is,” Woolford said.

“Being a Yorkshireman I know how big this club is and I’m looking forward to getting started with the lads.”

Adkins added: “We are very aware of the talents Martyn brings to Bramall Lane.

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“He can play in several attacking positions, is fit, strong, robust, honest, hard-working and has a fantastic professional attitude.

“He has been consistently available for selection over many seasons and knows the demands required of this level.”