Sheffield United: Fleck turns down Championship clubs to join Wilder’s Blades revolution

Dean Hammond of Sheffield United battles Coventry's John Fleck
Dean Hammond of Sheffield United battles Coventry's John Fleck

Midfielder John Fleck turned down offers from the Championship to sign for Sheffield United yesterday, The Star understands.

The 24-year-old was a free agent after leaving Coventry City, and penned a three-year deal to become United’s fifth summer recruit.

United also yesterday confirmed the addition of defender Jack O’Connell from Brentford, for an undisclosed sum, and boss Chris Wilder is still in the hunt for MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean.

“John is an outstanding midfield player in League One and we believe he can play at a higher level,” Wilder said.

“He is another to have contract options and we are delighted to get him to Bramall Lane as he is athletic, hungry, a great age and fits the structure of the players we want to represent the club.”

O’Connell also penned a three-year deal yesterday, following the signing of fellow centre-half James Wilson earlier this week.

“I’m delighted that the board have backed this signing because Jack is an exciting talent,” Wilder added.

“He’s young, hungry and has a considerable number of games under his belt at a good level, considering his age. We are delighted to add him to our squad and we are still working on getting one or two more into the building.”

The duo could make their United debuts in today’s friendly against Stocksbridge Park Steels at Bracken Moor. United are taking a strong squad for the friendly; Wilder’s first game as manager of his boyhood Blades.