Sheffield United: Family inspires new signing

Marc McNulty (left) and Jamal Campbell-Ryce � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Marc McNulty (left) and Jamal Campbell-Ryce � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Jamal Campbell-Ryce has three targets next season, writes James Shield.

Help Sheffield United win promotion, repay manager Nigel Clough’s faith and impress his own mum.

The former Jamaica international, whose transfer from Notts County will be officially processed in July, described United as “100 per cent the biggest club I have joined” after being presented to the media at Bramall Lane earlier this week.

Revealing how family has been an important influence on his career, Campbell-Ryce said: “I was talking to my mum the night before I signed and explaining to her how Sheffield United would be the biggest I’d played for.

“She cried when I told her because she was so happy. She was so pleased for me and knows how hard I have worked.

“She is my biggest fan and my biggest critic. She is really proud of me.”

Campbell-Ryce has been joined at United by Marc McNulty after the centre-forward’s transfer from Livingston was also processed.

Clough, previously of Derby County, told the club’s official website: “Jamal brings us experience of this level and the one above and he has always performed well against us in recent seasons.

“He is a player that can change a game and in doing so excites the crowd. He is a potential matchwinner on his day.

“Marc is a player at the other end of the spectrum. He has consistently scored goals during the last two or three seasons at Livingston and it is well documented that he was someone we wanted to sign at Derby County.

“He has kept plugging away, scoring 19 last season, and he is an exciting addition to the squad.

“He will be part of a strong strike force next season and hopefully he will get amongst the goals when he gets an opportunity.”