Febian Brandy’s eventful Sheffield United career came to a premature end yesterday afternoon - exactly a year after it had begun.
Brandy, whose contract was terminated by mutual consent, accepted David Weir’s invitation to join United on June 25, 2013, and instantly targeted promotion to the Championship - where several clubs were reportedly interested in signing him.
“United are a team that are destined for big things,” Brandy told The Star at his unveiling, after signing a two-year deal with the option of a third.
“I had offers from the Championship, but United are a team who can do big things this season and I want to be a part of that.”
The 25-year-old’s Bramall Lane career got off to a winning start, as United beat Notts County 2-1 on the opening day of the season.
But that was to be their only win of Weir’s reign, and he was dismissed in early October - with Nigel Clough appointed as his successor.
If Brandy was looking to make an impression on the new boss, he certainly did that - in only Clough’s second game in charge, United were 1-0 down at Shrewsbury Town, and Brandy was sent on as a half-time substitute.
The winger, who had already been sent off against MK Dons in August after coming off the bench, was on the pitch for 12 minutes before he was red carded, for raising his hands to Town substitute Connor Goldson.
His indiscipline saw him shipped out to former club Walsall on loan, after 15 games without a goal for United.
A club statement said: “United would like to thank Febian for his contribution.”