Sheffield United: Striker James Hanson leaves Bramall Lane by mutual consent and joins AFC Wimbledon

James Hanson has this afternoon left Bramall Lane by mutual consent, Sheffield United have confirmed.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 2:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 2:44 pm
James Hanson

The former Bradford City striker was made available for transfer by United boss Chris Wilder, and both parties have reached an agreement over the rest of Hanson's contract. Hanson subsequently joined AFC Wimbledon.

The 30-year-old joined United from Bradford in January 2017, and helped them win the League One title with 100 points. He scored on his debut against AFC Wimbledon and made 15 appearances in all.

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He spent the latter part of last season on loan at Bury and follows Chris Hussey, Louis Reed and Samir Carruthers out of the exit door at Bramall Lane.

Dons boss Neal Ardley said: "We have long been admirers of James, but he has always been that sort of player who was out of our range. I've spoken to Chris Wilder and he said that James massively helped them to promotion in 2016/17.

"Anytime a ball has been put into the box when he's played against us for Bradford or Sheffield United, I've always closed my eyes and hoped for the best! He is so good at attacking balls into the box and it's something we lacked last season.

"James had a loan move to Bury last season that did not work out. They played one up top and they did not really use him. We fully intend to play as much as we can to him, to try and play attacking football, and get at teams. We want to get balls into the box. One thing we missed last season was that we got into some great positions, but we probably lacked the belief of knowing that we would get on the end of balls into the box.

"We have four strikers and three of them – Kwesi, Joe, and Cody - probably prefer playing off a big man. Joe can do the target man stuff as well. We feel we have a good mix and hopefully something that will give us a platform to work off."