DAVE Kitson has revealed Sheffield United’s flying start to the League One campaign persuaded him to put his American dream on hold.
Kitson made the admission after agreeing he will sign a contract extension later this week which ties him to Bramall Lane until at least the end of the season.
United, who regained second place in the table courtesy of Saturday’s victory over Stevenage, have inserted a clause into the deal which could also see the 32-year-old remain in South Yorkshire for a further 12 months should they secure promotion to the Championship.
Kitson told The Star: “There are two reasons why I’ve stayed. First, I want to finish my career in this country with a medal and I definitely believe I can do that here.
“Second, only a person not of sound mind would want to leave when we’re right up there at the top of the table.
“I’ve been having dialogue with the club since the end of last month and they’ve been getting in touch every single day. It’s really nice to feel that wanted.”
Kitson has made no secret of the fact he is interested in a move to Major League Soccer before retiring from professional sport.
Having arrived from crisis club Portsmouth three months ago, the former Reading and Stoke marksman added: “I’ve had three concrete offers from North America. They may or may not still be there later on, I don’t know.
“The second year of the contract is as the club’s discretion. Both of us can say ‘thanks, but no thanks.’
“I came here on the back of Pompey and it was difficult to be able to concentrate on football there.
“Looking back, I didn’t realise how much that had taken out of me so it’s been really refreshing just to focus on football here.”
Kitson watched two goals from Shaun Miller help United dispatch Gary Smith’s side 4-1 ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Crewe Alexandra.
Miller, a product of Gresty Road’s youth academy, indicated he “won‘t rub anyone‘s nose in it” if he scores against his former employers.
Kitson, scheduled to miss the match because of a hamstring injury, said: “Shaun is a goalscorer and what (Arsene) Wenger called a ‘fox in the box.’ You’ve got to have someone like him who can read patterns of play.”