Jay McEveley has revealed he joined Sheffield United because he is convinced they can mount a serious challenge for promotion from League One, writes James Shield.
The former Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Barnsley defender became Nigel Clough’s latest new signing after agreeing a 12 month contract yesterday.
McEveley, who is joined at Bramall Lane by goalkeeper Iain Turner, parted company with Swindon Town earlier this summer but he told The Star: “I could have gone to a couple of teams but it wasn’t what I wanted. I’m not happy with mediocrity or being content with being in mid-table or just staying in the division.
“I really think here that we can push for something in this league and that’s why, when the opportunity to come here materialised, I wanted to push it through straight away.
“As a footballer you want a goal at the end of the season and that’s what we’ve got here.”
Aged 29, McEveley has been capped three times by Scotland despite representing England at youth and under-21 level. His agreement contains an option for a further 12 months.
Speaking ahead of today’s visit to Coventry City, McEveley said: “At a club like this, as soon as you arrive it’s like ‘come on, there’s a job to do’ and that really appeals to me.
“I also know the gaffer from my time at Derby and that was an attraction as well. I know what he likes and just as importantly what he doesn’t want from his players.
“You can tell there’s a really good mix here of experience and youth to give things that little bit of a spark. That, together with knowledge, good team spirit and a little bit of luck is what you need to do well and kick-on.”
“Playing against Sheffield United last season, I know how hard they were to break down and how hard the lads work for each other,” McEveley added. “That’s something I really wanted to be a part of as well because it’s a really tight knit bunch which counts for an awful lot.”