Sheffield United: Jamal’s character was key

Jamal Campbell-Ryce is introduced to the media at Bramall Lane yesterday � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Jamal Campbell-Ryce is introduced to the media at Bramall Lane yesterday � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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An impeccable set of references persuaded Sheffield United to sign Jamal Campbell-Ryce, manager Nigel Clough has confirmed.

The former Rotherham, Barnsley and Charlton Athletic midfielder was introduced as a United player yesterday alongside fellow new arrival Marc McNulty.

Already an admirer of Campbell-Ryce’s footballing talents, Clough last night explained how conversations with folk who have worked with the 31-year-old previously convinced him to push through a deal.

“Jamal is someone we asked around about and no-one had a bad word to say about him,” Clough said. “People at his previous clubs all spoke very highly about him, like managers and team mates.”

Campbell-Ryce, who will officially join United when his contract with Notts County expires in July, scored 11 goals in 70 League One starts for Shaun Derry’s side. McNulty, aged 21, commanded a fee believed to be in the region of £125,000 after leaving Livingston.

United have also tabled proposals to Ben Davies and Chris Porter. Davies finished last season on loan at Bramall Lane from Derby County while Porter, despite learning the South Yorkshire club will not trigger a 12 month option inserted into his present deal, has been invited to renegotiate fresh terms.

“We’ve made them offers and now we’re just waiting to hear back,” Clough said. “We have a healthy budget but we will seek not to waste one penny of it.

“All the signings we make, we research as much as possible. We don’t like wasting money.

“There is no number on how many we want to bring in. Just as many good players as we can to get a squad together capable of challenging for the top six and, hopefully, beyond.

“Certainly another three or four, maybe more. We’ll wait and see what the possibilities are regarding that.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1