Breaking News: Blades make double signing

Jay McEveley (left) in action for Swindon Town
Jay McEveley (left) in action for Swindon Town

Sheffield United have signed Jay McEveley and Iain Turner.

The duo will be officially unveiled at the Redtooth Academy later today after agreeing 12 and six month contracts with Nigel Clough’s side.

McEveley, whose deal contains an option for a further year, can operate at either left-back or centre-half. Aged 29, he started his career at Blackburn Rovers before representing Derby County, Barnsley and Swindon Town.

Turner, a goalkeeper, also boasts at spell at Oakwell on his footballing CV and has spent the past fortnight training with United.

Clough, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture against Coventry City at Sixfields Stadium, said: “Jay is an experienced performer who we worked with for a couple of years at Derby. As we saw on Saturday when Bob (Harris) took a whack to the nose, we are short of cover in that area. Jay provides that and can also play down the middle.”

The arrival of 30-year-old Turner is expected to see George Willis depart Bramall Lane on loan. Willis has deputised for Mark Howard since George Long joined Oxford United on a temporary agreement.

“Iain is an experienced goalkeeper and will provide good cover for Mark until we are in a better position to assess what is happening with George Long,” Clough said. “We have had a good look at Iain, we feel it is beneficial for all parties to bring him into the club because it will certainly benefit George (Willis) to go out on-loan and play some games at a later date.”

McEveley will wear the number 19 shirt with Turner, who progressed through Stirling Albion’s ranks before transferring to Everton, allocated number 24.

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