DANNY Wilson says Marcus Williams’ commitment to joining Sheffield United convinced him to sign the former Reading defender.
Williams became Sheffield United’s first acquisition of the January transfer window when he agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
The Doncaster-born full-back chose to remain in South Yorkshire when his loan from the Madejski Stadium expired and has spent the past two weeks training with United’s first-team squad despite being ineligible for selection.
“Marcus made is abundantly clear from day one that he wanted to stay here with us,” Wilson, the United manager, said. “He was absolutely determined to earning a move and it’s always good to see someone with that type of attitude.
“He fitted in well straight away and, from a managerial perspective, you are always pleased to see people who have their heart set on playing for your club.”
Williams, aged 25, made 14 appearances for United after returning north in September.
Recruited to deputise for Lecsinel Jean-Francois when the Haiti international was suspended under the totting-up procedure, he was cautioned only once in over 21 hours of football.
Williams watched Monday’s defeat at Carlisle from the stands but is expected to feature when Wilson’s men host non-league Salisbury City in the FA Cup third round this weekend.
The Blue Square South club, who are managed by former Mansfield Town and Hartlepool midfielder Darrell Clarke, beat Grimsby in the previous round.
Wilson said: “Marcus has done very well with us and he gives us more depth too.
“You have to remember that when he came in we didn’t have another left-back available at the time so that shows its required.”