SHEFFIELD UNITED: Stephen Quinn knew play-off defeat would end in move

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STEPHEN Quinn has revealed he expected to leave Sheffield United following last season’s League One play-off final defeat.

Quinn, the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international, was speaking after completing a “dream debut” for his new club Hull City against Bolton Wanderers.

“I was expecting something to happen throughout the summer but I didn’t expect it so late in the window,” Quinn, who joined Steve Bruce’s side on Friday, said.

“I was training with Sheffield United on Thursday morning when I got the call and the gaffer down there (Danny Wilson) came up to me and said there was something on the horizon.

“I was back and forth after that but gladly I just about got it signed in time so I could play at the weekend.”

Quinn, who has made over 250 senior appearances since progressing through the United ranks, was a member of the squad which four months ago came within a whisker of joining City in the Championship.

He made his debut for the South Yorkshire club during a Carling Cup tie at Shrewsbury Town back in September 2005.

“I’ve got a great affection for Sheffield United after nearly eight years there so it was tough missing out on promotion last year,” Quinn added. “It was like a family there.

“Obviously I wanted to play at a higher level because I’ve been in the Championship most of my career. When this opportunity came along it was a no-brainer really.

“It could have got a bit stale if I’d have stayed at Sheffield United for another year so it felt like the right time.”

Twenty-four hours after completing his deadline day transfer to City, Quinn was on target during their victory over Bolton Wanderers,

“This club is striving for the Premier League again and I think it should be up there and pushing this season,” he said. “I want a part of that.”