Blades restored my love of game - Kitson

Dave Kitson celebrates after scoring United's second at Oldham
Dave Kitson celebrates after scoring United's second at Oldham
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DAVE Kitson revealed that joining Sheffield United has re-kindled his love for football after helping Danny Wilson’s side strengthen their grip on League One’s automatic promotion places, writes James Shield.

Kitson, who scored his 10th goal of the season in Saturday’s win at Oldham, said he was contemplating retirement after leaving Portsmouth seven months ago.

Acknowledging his career had not “gone as I would have liked” following his move from Reading to Stoke in 2008, Kitson told The Star: “I don’t make many good decisions but coming here to United was definitely one.

“For the past four years I’ve not really enjoyed myself. I didn’t know if I actually enjoyed football any more and that’s why I made it plain in the summer that I was thinking about either doing something completely different - like going to America - or giving up altogether.

“But I’m so pleased that (director) Simon McCabe managed to talk me into joining. I’m absolutely loving it again. I’m glad that I listened and came here.”

Kitson, who recently extended his contract until the end of the season, added: “As a sportsperson, no matter what you do, there is nothing better than winning.

“We’re doing that here but, on top of that, there’s also a great atmosphere behind the scenes which feels good to be a part of. I’m really enjoying myself again and it feels nice to be in with a chance of doing something too.”

United remained second in the table only a point behind leaders Doncaster - courtesy of strikes from Kitson and Michael Doyle.

They bid to extend their unbeaten run to seven against MK Dons on Saturday.

The win marked Wilson’s 100th competitive contest in charge of the club.