'I'll pay you back in goals'

DAVID Johnson has vowed to reward Sheffield United's faith with goals after finally completing his on-off move to Bramall Lane.

The Nottingham Forest striker, who last night agreed to join Neil Warnock's side on loan until the end of the season, appeared set the stay at the City Ground when the Championship strugglers insisted earlier this week on taking an unnamed player in exchange.

But Forest yesterday agreed to salvage the deal by dropping their demands and allowing the 28-year-old to bring a month-long saga to a close.

Despite being warned he is not guaranteed a starting role, Johnson told The Star today that he is determined to repay United for their persistence with the most valuable currency at his disposal.

Scotching talk that a row with Warnock's opposite number, Gary Megson, hastened his departure from Forest, Johnson said: "I'm good mates with Jack Lester who used to be here and he told me a lot about the manager (Warnock).

"He told me he is a real players' man, that he's great to play for and if you do well for him then he really looks after you.

"It's good to know that he's been after me for so long and that he's stuck with it so hopefully I can play my part by scoring some goals.

"Things had gone a little bit stale for me at Forest and I thought the best thing would be to get away for a bit.

"The two clubs are in very different situations and it's good to come to a place where they're going for the play-offs. I know a lot of the lads and they've already made me feel really welcome.

"I never fell out with the manager at Forest. Everyone who was there at the time knows what happened and it was funny to read I'd been fined. I never was. All we did was sit down and have an exchange of views.

Another attraction for Johnson was linking up with a squad of players he rates as one of the best in the division, including Chris Morgan.

Johnson broke his leg in a challenge with the United skipper two seasons ago but insisted: "There were no hard feelings then and there are none now. There was nothing malicious about it and, to be truthful, if I was going to break my leg then I'd sooner do it on the football pitch than anywhere else.

"Chris is someone I've always hated playing against, the same goes for Danny Cullip. They're real defenders who give everything and I'd much sooner be with them than against them.

"There are some top players here and I know I can't expect to walk straight into the team."

United reserve-team defender Evan Horwood has joined Stockport on loan.