Sheffield United: Departing Maguire thanks Blades

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Harry Maguire has revealed the debt of gratitude he owes Sheffield United.

The centre-half, who was unveiled as a Hull City player yesterday despite sources close to Bramall Lane insisting that the transfer has yet to be officially processed, made nearly 170 appearances for Nigel Clough’s side before signing a three year contract with the Premier League club.

United, who are poised to capture Mason Bennett, have also held talks with Derby County about the possibility of acquiring former loanee Kieron Freeman on a permanent basis.

Maguire said: “Sheffield United mean so much to me. I’d been there for over 10 years and that’s where it all started so I thank them massively for everything they’ve done.

“It was the club that started my career off and the fans were always great with me. I can’t say thank you to them enough.

“But to progress my career I needed to be playing in a higher level. That’s the bottom line of it.

“I played for three consecutive years in League One and felt like I needed another challenge. I needed to challenge myself this year and I couldn’t stay in League One for another year.”