Kieron Freeman has explained why his proposed move to Sheffield United collapsed earlier this season after revealing he “couldn’t be happier” to finally join the League One club, writes James Shield.
Freeman, the former Derby County defender, appeared set to arrive at Bramall Lane on a permanent basis five months ago following a successful loan spell but the transfer collapsed when the iPro Stadium’s hierarchy insisted it was bundled together with Nigel Clough’s bid for team mate Mason Bennett.
Attributing a broken promise by Steve McClaren, Clough’s successor at County, for what he described as a “misunderstanding,” Freeman told The Star: “My partner had just given birth a few weeks earlier and so it was going to be really difficult to change where we lived. On top of all of that, the manager there (McClaren) said that I was really in his plans and that I’d be given every opportunity to fight for my place.
“Then, what actually happened was, he didn’t play me at all.
“With everything that was going on in my life at the time, at home and all of that, I didn’t feel I’d be being fair to my family if I forced them uproot and go elsewhere.
“But, really, I couldn’t be happier to be here now. I’m really pleased with the way everything has worked out because I enjoyed my time here last season so much.”
Freeman, together with County midfielder Paul Coutts, committed himself to United until 2017 before last weekend’s FA Cup tie at Preston North End when his contract with McClaren’s side was terminated by mutual consent.
The full-back, who made 12 appearances for United during the previous campaign, added: “There’s something about this place that just clicked with me. I got on great with the rest of the lads and obviously I know the gaffer too.
“The great thing about him is that he gives it to you straight and lets you know exactly where you stand which is what you want as a footballer. You can’t ask for any more.”