Sheffield United sign defender David Edgar

David Edgar on media duties after signing for Sheffield United on loan.
David Edgar on media duties after signing for Sheffield United on loan.
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Sheffield United have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Canadian defender David Edgar on loan.

Edgar is scheduled to spend the rest of the season on loan at Bramall Lane after being allowed to leave Birmingham City.

A number of Championship clubs were also thought to be interested in acquiring the 28-year-old's services after be impressed during a temporary spell with Huddersfield Town last term. However, Nigel Adkins won the race following talks over the weekend.

"David is the captain of Canada and has got plenty of experience at a higher level, including winning promotion to the Premier League with Burnley," said United manager Adkins.

"He is 6ft 2in, a big presence and his versatility will be useful as he can play at centre-half or in central midfield."

Edgar, who started his career with Newcastle before joining Burnley in 2009, predominately operates at centre-half. However, he can also be deployed as a either a defensive midfielder or full-back.

Edgar made his Newcastle debut midway through the 2006/07 season before commanding a £300,00 transfer when he moved to Turf Moor. He arrived at St Andrews, having enjoyed a brief spell with Swansea City, last year.

Edgar, who has been capped over 30 times by his country, captained Benito Floro's side during their opening game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, against El Salvador at the Stub Hub Centre, Carson, a month ago.