Febian Brandy, Sheffield United’s new signing, turned down approaches from Championship clubs to pen a two-year deal at Bramall Lane.
The 24-year-old winger was announced yesterday as new United manager David Weir’s first signing, alongside Stephen McGinn, Sean McGinty and Jasper Johns.
The former Manchester United trainee caught the eye last season at Walsall, and decided against signing a contract extension at the Bescot Stadium.
“United are a team that are destined for big things,” Brandy, who has penned a two-year deal with the option of a third, told The Star.
“It’s a club that should be towards the top end of the Championship. I had offers from the Championship, but United are a team who can do big things this season and I want to be a part of that.
“The history of the club is a big attraction, and I was excited by David Weir’s plans for the club after speaking to him. There are exciting times ahead; the players already here are very good, and hopefully I can help us win promotion back to where we belong this season.”
Versatile Scot McGinn, aged 24, scored against United last season whilst on loan at Shrewsbury Town, and 19-year-old ex Manchester United defender McGinty has previous League One experience, too, after a temporary spell at Tranmere Rovers last term.
Both players have signed two-year deals, with former Everton midfielder Jasper Johns penning a one-year contract.
“We are delighted that deals for all four of the lads have been completed in time for them to start pre-season training with the rest of the squad,” Weir said.
“We are confident that we can develop their talents, individually and collectively, for the benefit of Sheffield United.”
United’s new quartet met their team-mates for the first time yesterday, when United returned for pre-season training.
“I had a few teams interested in signing me,” Brandy added.
“But in the end, when I heard about United’s interest, it was a no-brainer for me.
“I’m a pacy, tricky player, and I can play wide on the right, behind the striker or even up front.
“Hopefully I can bring what I’ve learnt so far to Sheffield United, get the fans excited and get promoted.”