Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson last night admitted he jumped at the opportunity to work with David Weir after learning the former Glasgow Rangers defender wanted to train at Bramall Lane.
Wilson, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One clash at Colchester, refused to rule out offering the 41-year-old a route back into the professional game should it suit both parties.
“It’s a pleasure to have David here,” he said. “You’d never guess his age. He still looks like someone in his early 30s when you watch him in action.
“There’s an aura around David. He’s unflappable because he’s been there, seen it and done it all.
“David just wants to play football. When I heard that he fancied coming here then, from my point of view, it was a no-brainer.
“There was no way I was going to turn the him down.”
Weir, the sixth most capped and oldest international player in Scotland’s history, originally asked United to keep his presence at Shirecliffe underwraps. But Wilson was forced to confront the issue when pressed on the matter yesterday.
open-ended arrangement,” he added. “If there is nothing here for David then I’ll tell him and be honest. Equally, I know that if he gets an opportunity somewhere else then he’ll come to me.
“David knows James (Beattie) well from their time together at Rangers,” Wilson, revealing Nick Montgomery (ankle) is United’s only doubt for the trip to Essex, added. “But it was through someone else here that he asked.
“It’s good that he fancied coming here and looks favourably on us. But, like I say, there’s nothing concrete. David’s legs might not be as quick as they once were, but I bet his brain is twice as fast.”
Weir, who severed his ties with Ibrox last month, also represented Falkirk, Hearts and Everton during a distinguished career.
Wilson also confirmed fellow centre-half Chris Morgan has “started running” following a 15-month lay-off through injury.