Sheffield United: Blades new boy wants to put Greek nightmare behind him

United signing Stephen McGinn challenges Kevin McDonald while on loan at Shrewsbury Town
United signing Stephen McGinn challenges Kevin McDonald while on loan at Shrewsbury Town

For a young player who had grown up at one of the world’s best clubs, sleeping on a mate’s sofa in Greece was something of a culture shock to Febian Brandy.

But, as Sheffield United’s newest signing says, that short spell at Panetolikos made him even more determined to re-establish himself in English football.

“I had a year and a half of not playing football, after a few injuries,” Brandy, one of four players to join United yesterday alongside Stephen McGinn, Sean McGinty and Jasper Johns, told The Star.

“I had a call from an agent, who had a club lined up for me in Greece, so I went out there just hoping to play some football.

“They promised me a house, a car, but I didn’t even get a wage in the end, and I had to sleep on a mate’s couch.

“I had to ask them for a bed and some money to live on - not a lot to ask, really.

“They promised me they would sort it, but they never did and I had to terminate my contract.”

Brandy eventually signed for Walsall, and scored seven goals last season as the Saddlers made a late charge for the League One Play-Offs.

“In a way, last season was a make-or-break situation for me at Walsall,” Brandy added.

“If I didn’t do well, people would think that was it - I had gone.

“But we had a good season, and it gave me confidence in my own ability.

“I’m a strong minded person, but some people could have crumbled in my position.

“It’s football or nothing for me - it’s all I want to do.

“I’ve had offers since from teams in Russia and America, but I think I have a lot still to offer the English game.

“I want to prove to people that I haven’t gone totally off the map - and I’m looking forward to doing that at Sheffield United.”

n United, meanwhile, will invite New Caledonia youngster Mickael Partodikromo to join their youth academy next month.