He enjoyed spells at Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool before really kickstarting his fledgling career at Blackpool, amongst a backdrop of financial struggle and fans’ revolt.
No wonder, then, that Harrison McGahey is craving stability after finding a new home at Sheffield United.
“I wanted to fight for my place this season,” the 20-year-old defender, who was sent on loan to Tranmere Rovers last season, said.
“I have fought for it, got a chance and hopefully I can keep that position now.”
McGahey’s break in the United first-team came after injuries to Jay McEveley, David Edgar and Terry Kennedy left Neill Collins as the only fit, senior centre-half in Nigel Adkins’ squad.
Alongside Collins, McGahey impressed as United beat Fleetwood 3-0 in midweek to move up to fifth in the table and the two are expected to renew their partnership this afternoon, when Millwall visit South Yorkshire.
“Tuesday night was brilliant,” McGahey said.
“To win 3-0 is always good, of course but we were delighted to keep a clean sheet. And the lads are scoring goals at the other end, too.
“But that’s been and gone now, so we have to concentrate on Millwall. We need another win, and then we can see where we can go after that.
“Hopefully, I’ll get picked again but if not, I’ll just keep working away on the training ground.
“It’s a long season, with many games left, so I’ll carry on trying to impress the manager.
“But it’s brilliant to be back.
“Not just to be back playing, but winning too.”