I don't think Leeds United will regret player departure in summer transfer window

A new challenge awaits Jamie Shackleton at Sheffield United. The utility man joined the Blades on a free transfer two days ago, having officially left Leeds United on June 30 after turning down a new contract.

Shackleton, who can be deployed in defence or midfield, struggled for game time at Elland Road last term, appearing just 15 times across all competitions. “He [Shackleton] found first-team opportunities difficult to come by under Daniel Farke last season, and the prospect of regular game time at the Blades, who are starting out a major rebuild, it’s fantastic news," former United midfielder Carlton Palmer told Football League World:

“So, we’ll see. I don’t think Leeds United will regret it. As I said, he’s not been playing regular football. They’ve got cover in other areas in that position.

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“So, I don’t think they’ll regret it. And to say Sheffield United are promotion rivals; I think they’ve got an awful lot of work to do between now and the start of the season to put themselves in the picture to get promoted next season.”

Shackleton, a graduate of United's youth system, is relishing the chance to work with Sheffield United chief Chris Wilder. "The manager has told me a lot, what he expects from me, and how he sees a lot in me that he wants at Sheffield United, so hopefully it is going to be a good match," he said.

"I've played plenty of games in the Championship and Leeds and on-loan at Millwall, both sets of those fans demand a lot from you and I'm sure that will be no different here.

"The 100 per cent is a given where I've played and I'm that type of player, I put everything in and leave everything on the pitch. I've got a few links to the Blades too and they've got nothing but positive words to say about the club."