Marlon King has told Sheffield United ‘I’m here to help’ after agreeing a short-term contract at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
The Jamaica centre-forward is expected to make his debut for the South Yorkshire club during Saturday’s League One fixture with Preston North End.
And King revealed the prospect of helping United fulfil their potential convinced him to join David Weir’s side rather than pursue other opportunities both at home and abroad.
“I’m really excited about being here,” he told The Star. “Other people might not want to drop down the leagues if they’ve played at the top-flight or Championship level but I’m not like that at all.
“At this stage of my career I wanted a challenge. I didn’t want to go somewhere to make up the numbers or not play just so I could pick up a wage.
“That’s not me. I’m still like a little kid playing football in the park, that’s how I approach the game.
“As far as I’m concerned, whether you earn a £100 a week or £100,000, you still need that spark and inspiration. That’s what I feel about coming here.
“I’ve come up against Sheffield United before and I know what a great place it is to be a footballer. I also know that it’s not a club which should really be in the third tier so I’ll be doing whatever I can to help us get up the table and hopefully out of the division too.”
United are placed 22nd after failing to win since the opening round of the season. Manager David Weir rejected the opportunity to recruit King before last weekend’s defeat at Carlisle - “We had a talk. That’s all” - but yesterday concluded a deal which keeps the 33-year-old at Bramall Lane until the end of the campaign.
“I’ve got plenty of experience,” King, a free agent after parting company with Birmingham City earlier this summer, said. “We’ve got that in defence and with Doyler (Michael Doyle) in midfield so hopefully I’ll provide that in my department.
“There’s lots of good youngsters here and sometimes they just need a bit of advice out there because football, especially at a club like this, can be a demanding environment.
“Sometimes, and I know because I’ve been in that situation, you just need someone to lighten the load a bit and so that’s what I’ll try and do for them.”
“I’m not bothered about the expectation or hostile crowds elsewhere,” King added. “I love any game but when that happens it brings out the best in me.
“There’s no better feeling, when people are having a ‘go’, then coming back into the dressing room knowing you’ve done your job. Anyway, those are the type of matches you should want to be involved in. The ones where you really have to test yourself.”