VIDEO: Why I refused to sign for Sheffield Wednesday, by Sheffield United legend Brian Deane

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Brian Deane said he’d have needed a police escort every day if he’d have left Sheffield United for Sheffield Wednesday!

The goalscorer held talks with then Owls boss Trevor Francis, but decided to go to Leeds United in 1993, instead.

Revealing some of the background to any potential move to Hillsborough on the “You are the Ref” web programme, he said: “Realistically, it couldn’t have happened.

“I know they did put in an offer. I did speak (with them) but it was more out of courtesy (to Trevor Francis.) For me it would have been very difficult to leave Sheffield United for Sheffield Wednesday.

Deane, now 47, went to Leeds for a smaller fee that the one Wednesday had on the table.

But the former striker said: “It would have been very difficult, I had some fantastic years, to then to go over to the other side of the city I’d have had to have got a police escort into training! No, not for me.”

He said he’d been a brave player - “but not brave.”

Former referee Keith Hackett also criticised the state of the Owls ground on the clip, saying the stadium was ‘tired’ and the pitch poor.

He wants the club’s new owners to keep faith in coach Stuart Gray.

“I have a lot of time for current coach/manager he’s very experienced. Stuart Gray has made best of the squad he has got. We ain’t got enough players of real quality, the likes of Brian Deane we could do with up front.”