Sheffield United: Conor Washington issues a pledge to his new supporters as Marvin Johnson also becomes a Blade

Conor Washington has promised to deliver pace, power and goals after joining Sheffield United, who also pushed through a deal for Marvin Johnson before this evening's loan deadline.

Friday, 31st August 2018, 7:41 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 1:56 am

The Northern Ireland international agreed a one year contract with Chris Wilder's side after leaving Queens Park Rangers. Although Washington is expected to make his debut when Aston Villa visit South Yorkshire tomorrow, Johnson will watch from the stands because his move was not processed ahead of the midday deadline. The wing-back's arrival paved the way for Ryan Leonard to complete his temporary transfer to Millwall, which will become permanent in January. "Everytime I've come up against Sheffield United it's been a really big game," Washington, who commanded a £3m fee when he moved to London from Peterborough two years ago, said. "I've scored a few times here before, some pretty decent ones to be fair, but I'm looking forward to doing it in the right colours now. "My first job is to get into the team but I think the style of play here will suit me. I'll be looking to bring pace, power and hopefully goals. That goes without saying." Despite failing to produce his best form in the capital, Wilder is convinced a number of factors, including United's emphasis on attacking footballing and willingness to take calculated risks, will see Washington rediscover his old swagger at Bramall Lane. The 26-year-old has also played alongside his new team mates Oliver Norwood and Daniel Lafferty on international duty. Like Norwood, he will travel to Belfast for next weekend's meeting with Bosnia Herzegovina in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. "I know Ollie and Laffs from playing for my country," Washington continued. "It's always good to see a few familiar faces when you first come in because it helps you settle on and off the pitch. But I've already heard what a good dressing room it is so that won't be a problem." Wilder explored a number of possible options, including Villa's Scott Hogan and Ashley Fletcher of Middlesbrough before plumping for Washington. Hull City had also been interested in both Fletcher and Johnson, with the latter choosing Bramall Lane above the KCOM Stadium. It is the second time in the space of a month that United have beaten Nigel Adkins to a player after their former manager made an approach for Norwood when Brighton and Hove Albion announced he could depart. "Marvin gives us plenty of options, quick, left-footed and can play in a number of position," Wilder said. "We've tracked him for a while for good reason, we are delighted that we've finally got his signature." With Caolan Lavery heading to Bury, Leonard became the second member of Wilder's squad to leave the club during the closing stages of the loan window. The midfielder had been linked with Neil Harris' side before heading north midway through last term and will eventually command a fee in excess of £1m.

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