'Once a Blade...' - David Brooks says farewell to Sheffield United with classy message after signing for AFC Bournemouth

Brooks up against another ex-Blade, Harry Maguire
Brooks up against another ex-Blade, Harry Maguire
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Welsh international David Brooks thanked Sheffield United's manager, staff, players and fans in a classy farewell message after his move to the Premier League was finalised earlier today.

Brooks, who turns 21 next weekend, signed a four-year deal with AFC Bournemouth after passing a medical on the south coast and agreeing personal terms with Eddie Howe's men.

United, who accepted an improved offer from Bournemouth earlier this week, confirmed Brooks' departure today in a statement on their website which claimed "interest from the Premier League proved a key driver in the player wanting to make the move, with the Blades forced to negotiate the best possible transfer fee, plus additional clauses, including a sell-on percentage."

And before expressing his delight at making the move to the Premier League, Brooks tweeted: "I really want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Sheffield United.

"The manager, staff, players and especially the fans. It was not an easy decision to leave but the chance to play Premier League football and test myself at the highest level is what every player dreams of.

"I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity the club gave me and the belief the manager showed. I’ve had some great memories and experiences and I won’t forget that. Again, thank you... Once a Blade."

Brooks joined United as a youngster (Pic: Martyn Harrison)

Brooks joined United as a youngster (Pic: Martyn Harrison)

Brooks, who joined United after he was released by Manchester City at the age of 16, played 30 times in the Championship for United and scored the winner against Leeds at Elland Road.