Stefan Scougall last night described joining Sheffield United as a “fairytale” despite the club’s perilous predicament in League One, writes James Shield.
The Scotland under-21 international, a £400,000 signing from Livingston earlier this year, has made an exemplary start to his Bramall Lane career and was a member of the team which booked its place in the FA Cup quarter-finals last weekend.
Despite beating Aston Villa and Fulham en route to Sunday’s fifth round victory over Nottingham Forest, Nigel Clough’s side enter tonight’s match against Gillingham in the bottom four of the table but Scougall, who was courted by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Peterborough before agreeing his transfer to South Yorkshire, told The Star: “It’s been a dream start, a fairytale really and long may it continue.
“To be fair, since I’ve been here, we’ve been in pretty good form and got past some Premier League teams and a Championship team in the cup. We’ve done well and, if we can do that, then we should be able to take that into our others games as well. Why not?”
Despite preparing for their visit to Priestfield Stadium in 22nd place, United would be 13th if only results since Clough’s appointment four months ago counted towards the rankings.
The former England centre-forward labelled Scougall “one for next season” after securing his release from the Energy Assets Arena but the 21-year-old said: “When I heard what the gaffer had said I thought ‘fair play’ but with a few injuries and suspensions I think he had to throw me in at the deep end.
“Hopefully I shown why we put his faith in me and was willing to spend money on me. How much more is there to come? We’ll have to wait and see.
“What I want to do is keep working on my weaknesses and what not. Trying to improve.”
“I definitely made the right choice coming here,” Scougall added. “Everyone has made me feel really welcome, including the rest of the players and the management.
“The fans have been brilliant towards me, really supportive, too and that has definitely helped without a doubt.”