Boss Clough’s delight after deal for Matt is finally Done

Matty Done and Jason Holt
Matty Done and Jason Holt
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Matt Done could be handed his Sheffield United debut this weekend when Nigel Clough’s side travel to Gillingham.

United boss Clough was delighted to land the former Barnsley striker, who has scored 14 goals in 30 games this season, in a deadline-day switch from Rochdale.

And with Clough expecting to freshen up his side after their FA Cup exit at the hands of Preston on Tuesday evening, Done could figure against managerless Gillingham when sixth-placed United travel to Kent.

“Matty has a lot of pace and we could have done with him against Preston, to give us that spark,” Clough said.

“We haven’t really got anyone to hang on defenders’ shoulders and give them a problem going the other way, so we’re delighted that he’s on board.

“We have the option to play him wide, although we think he’s been used more centrally at Rochdale this season, and he’s scored and made goals this season. We’ve done it here with a couple of players, changing their positions, and they look better for it. He looks better centrally and we’ll hopefully get him plenty of service, and hope he can chip in with goals.

“He was a long-term target for us and we first went in for him at the start of January, although we couldn’t agree a fee.”

Rochdale boss Keith Hill added: “Once we knew Matty wanted to go, we can’t beat him with a stick because we could never match the financial rewards that are on offer for him at Sheffield United.”

“Matty has had a hell of time at the club. He helped us get promoted, albeit in a different position, and has been magnificent since we moved him to a number nine/eleven position. He has been magnificent, not only as team player, but with his goal scoring aspects as well, but I believe we’ve struck the right balance by doing this deal.

“This is massive success for the football club and no-one should be blamed and the finger shouldn’t be pointed – this is really, really good business for the football club.

“From a club’s perspective, doing this deal has struck a really good balance.”

“We turned down other bids from Sheffield United this month and I believe that I was pre-empting the possibility of this happening with my recruitment.

“Although he will be sorely missed, I feel as though we’ve done the correct thing for Matty as well from the moral stance.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to Matty and wish him all the best for the future.”