James Wallace predicted that joining Sheffield United will add “an extra 10 per cent” to his game after being unveiled as Nigel Clough’s latest signing.
And the former Tranmere Rovers midfielder, who last night became the fifth new face to arrive at Bramall Lane this summer, admitted he felt privileged to agree a three year contract with the South Yorkshire side: “When you play against Sheffield United you always raise your game by about 10 per cent just because of where you’re at,” he said.
“Now I’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of that every single week hopefully.
“Representing a football club like this is a privilege. Really, I couldn’t be happier. It’s ambitious and capable of achieving those ambitions. Without a shadow of a doubt.”
“There were other offers on the table but this was the one I wanted to take,” Wallace continued. “The size and the stature speaks for itself and another is how highly everyone speaks of the manager here. He was a quality player in his day and I’m looking forward to working with him and improving my own game.”
Wallace made 42 appearances for Rovers after leaving Everton in 2012. And he could soon be joined at United by Chris O’Grady after Clough confirmed the Barnsley centre-forward features on a “very long list” of strikers he is monitoring in the transfer market.
United, Clough acknowledged, have also been “made aware” of Harrison McGahey’s situation at Blackpool.
Former Rovers captain Wallace received offers from teams at both Championship and League One level - and The Star understands that one of United’s divisional rivals attempted to hijack the deal as Wallace prepared to undergo his medical at Bramall Lane.
“If you look at the results towards the end of last season, then you can see there’s a lot of quality here,” Wallace said. “Good characters and professionals, too.
“That’s another thing everyone I’ve spoken to says as well; what a great place it is to work because of the togetherness and atmosphere behind the scenes.
“My first job is to try and get in the team, but that’s not going to be easy. I can’t take anything for granted but I can’t wait for the first game. It’s going to be an honour to play here.”