Blades swoop for Bluebirds youngster

Last Updated: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:46

Cardiff City defender John Brayford has joined League One club Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season.

The deal sees the 26-year-old join the Blades until the rest of the season and could see Brayford make his debut in United's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Fulham.

Blades' boss Nigel Clough revealed he fought off competition from a host of Championship clubs to link up with the defender, who he knows well after they spent time at Derby County and Burton together.

Brayford earned a £1.5million move to Cardiff last summer but, after failing to make a Premier League appearance for the Welsh club, he has opted to drop two divisions to join the man who initially discovered his potential.

Speaking about the deal, Clough insisted: "This is a major coup for us because, believe me, John could have easily moved to teams in the division above.

"But we have a fantastic professional relationship and after long discussions, we have convinced him this was an ideal place for him to ply his trade for the rest of the season."

Clough added: "We know exactly what we are bringing in with John, he is a great professional. He was absolutely tremendous for us at both Burton Albion and Derby County and he certainly deserved his move to the Premiership last summer."

Brayford made 109 appearances under Clough during their time at Derby County, scoring three goals.

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