Aidy White last night described his move to Sheffield United as a “no-brainer” after arriving on loan from Leeds, writes James Shield.
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international trained with Nigel Clough’s squad for the first time yesterday and is expected to feature against Shrewsbury Town this weekend.
White, who is scheduled to remain at Bramall Lane until January, told The Star: “This is a great football club. I’m proud and excited to be here.
“Whenever I play, I always give absolutely everything. So the supporters can be assured I’m as committed to the team as the next man and that I’ll throw myself into this place 100 per cent.
“There’s a size and a stature to Sheffield United. I’ve stayed in the hotel next to the ground before and you’ve only got to look at the stadium and the facilities to realise just how big it is.
“I feel quite privileged to be here and, for a number of different reasons, it really was a ‘no-brainer’ to say ‘yes’ when the chance came up.”
White boasts over 100 senior appearances for United’s Yorkshire rivals on his footballing CV but has found opportunities in short supply under manager Brian McDermott. Predominately regarded as a left-back, the 22-year-old can also be deployed in midfield and becomes Clough’s first new signing since his appointment seven days ago.
“I know he (Clough) has tried to get me before,” White added. “He was still in charge of Derby County at the time and knowing he thinks I can do a job for him was a big factor because it’s always nice to feel wanted.
“Another, like I say, was the reputation of Sheffield United. I’m really fortunate, even though I’m still young, to have already been associated with teams that anyone would be proud to play for.
“Then, I also spoke with some of the lads at Leeds who have been at Sheffield United before - Michael Brown, Michael Tonge and Leigh Bromby among them - and they all told me what a great club it is.”