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John Fleck rejects Sky Blues in favour of League One rivals Sheffield United

Steve Carpenter 9th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MIDFIELDER John Fleck has turned down the chance to remain at the Sky Blues after agreeing to a move to League One rivals Sheffield United.

The 24-year-old became a firm fan’s favourite during his four-year spell at the Ricoh Arena where he ammassed no fewer that 182 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals.

Last season was undoubtedly Fleck’s best in a Sky Blues shirt after the former Rangers player scored four goals in 43 appearances in the heart of Tony Mowbray’s midfield.

Fleck was offered a new contract which would have made him one of the highest earners at the club and he did hint at the possibility of staying put despite reported interest from the Championship and the Scottish Premier League.

At the end of last season he told the Observer: “I would hope that I will be signing a new deal but at the moment it’s all up in the air.

“It’s not just about me. This club has lost miles better players than me and they will do in the future.

“I think we’ve certainly got the right manager in place but he needs some stability. I don’t think the manager can have the same problem next year when there’s 15 players out of contract and he’ll have to start again.”

But Fleck has opted for a move to the Blades where he has become the latest signing for new boss Chris Wilder.

On the signing of the Scotsman, boss Chris Wilder commented: “John is an outstanding midfield player in League One and we believe he can play at a higher level.

“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.”

Fleck will join up with former Sky Blues defender Chris Hussey who has also moved to Bramall Lane for an undisclosed fee from Bury.

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