SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades pass Dave Kitson test

New boy: Dave Kitson interviewed by James Shield after signing for United.  Picture: martyn harrison
New boy: Dave Kitson interviewed by James Shield after signing for United. Picture: martyn harrison
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DAVE Kitson has revealed how Danny Wilson’s commitment to passing football persuaded him to become the latest member of Sheffield United’s attacking ranks.

Kitson, who parted company with Portsmouth earlier this summer, completed his move to Bramall Lane less than an hour before Friday’s transfer deadline.

The experienced striker admitted other clubs had also tabled offers after be became a high-profile victim of the financial crisis at Fratton Park.

But Kitson told The Star a combination of his friendship with members of United’s hierarchy and Wilson’s expansive style convinced him that the Lane was the right destination.

“The way United play was a big factor,” he said. “Definitely very persuasive.

“I’ve enjoyed some of my best times at places where the style is similar. I also enjoy that winning feeling - and I’m confident I’ll be able to experience that regularly here.”

“I’m good friends with Simon (McCabe) and consequently his father (Kevin),” Kitson added. “So, because of that, I’ve watched quite a few United games. It’s never been with a view to doing anything but I’ve always joked that I think they need another striker. I know Danny too from a round and about so I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Kitson, who commanded a fee in excess of £5m when he joined Stoke City from Reading four years ago, is contracted to Wilson’s side until December 31.

“It suits everyone to do it that way,” he said. “If United are doing well then they might want to really go for it. Or they might want to get rid of some people which would probably include me.

“So to have it running until just before the next transfer window is the best way to do things. If things go well then hopefully we’ll sit down and see what we can do.”

Kitson watched Saturday’s 5-3 victory over AFC Bournemouth but predicted he could be available for selection when United travel to Scunthorpe this weekend.

“I did a pre-season at Portsmouth but I’ve been working on my own for five weeks and it’s not the same without having other players to push you,” he said. “So I’ll need a good hard week of training and possibly a few sessions in the gym before I’m ready.”