'I won't be affected by Blades' record price-tag' insists Sheffield United new-boy John Egan

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John Egan insists he will not be affected by the pressure that comes with his price tag after being officially unveiled as Sheffield United's record signing this morning.

Egan sealed a move, which has cost United around £4.1m, to Bramall Lane last week after Blades boss Chris Wilder identified the Republic of Ireland international as his primary defensive target.

That figure eclipses the £4m United paid for James Beattie after they were relegated from the Premier League in 2007 but the former Brentford defender, who faced the media for the first time this morning, insisted: "I don't think too much about the figure.

"I've been brought in for a reason, to do a job, and that's to give my all for this football club. Now, it's my job to get my head down and kick on.

"As soon as I heard of the interest from United, and a bid was put in, it really made me feel wanted. It made me eager to come and work with Chris, and the rest of the lads."

Egan, who made one appearance for United on loan from Sunderland in 2012, later joined Gillingham and impressed enough there to earn a move to Brentford.

John Egan

John Egan

"A lot has happened since I last played for United," Egan smiled. "I've come on leaps and bounds, and have developed as a player everywhere I've been.

"I've come here to better myself, learn from the manager and staff, and kick on."