HANSON: TIME WAS RIGHT TO MOVE TO BLADES
NEW Sheffield United front man James Hanson has described his delight at moving from Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.
Hanson joins Chris Wilder’s League One frontrunners for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract until 2020.
He was confirmed as a Blades player on Tuesday but has to wait until their clash with AFC Wimbledon next weekend for the chance to make his debut.
He was not registered in time for their 2-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town at Bramall Lane earlier in the week.
The towering striker said the time was right for a change, having spent eight years at his home town club, scoring 91 goals in 335 games in all competitions.
“It’s taken a while to get the deal over the line, but now I just can’t wait to get started against AFC Wimbledon,” said Hanson, 29.
“I was gutted not to be able to play against Fleetwood and it’s disappointing we haven’t got a game at the weekend. But it will give me the chance to work hard with the lads on the training ground.
“The time had probably come at Bradford for a change for both parties.
“The situation there was unclear in terms of a contract offer and I wanted to secure my future.
“Once United came calling, my mind was made up and I made that clear to my agent.
“This is a fresh challenge and one I’ve probably needed for the last year or so to get my career moving forward again.
“I’m used to playing in front of a crowd with expectation and that will be no different here,.
“It’ll probably be even greater and it’s something I relish.”
Wilder has also brought in Chesterfield winger Jay O’Shea, 28, on loan until the end of the season as United look to continue their push for the League One title.
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