The signing of free agent Stephen Jordan provides sterner competition at the left-back spot at Sheffield United when the 28-year-old agreed terms on a 1-year deal at Bramall Lane on Monday. The former Burnley defender has been to the States with Championship side Portsmouth in pre-season, but opted to leave the cash-strapped club for the Blades. His move to S2 has left Pompey boss Steve Cotterill scathing. Cotterill said: "I'm very disappointed with him - but that's him. He knows my feelings and thoughts. My thoughts about Stephen Jordan will stay with him."
The chances of Jordan's ambitions of gaining promotion to the Premier League becoming reality are seemingly much higher here than down on the South Coast. Snubbing Portsmouth caused a rift between him and the Pompey manager, but all the full-back is now concentrating on is moving up a further league with the Blades.
"This is a great move for me," he said a day after joining. "I left Burnley on a free transfer and when Sheffield United came in with an offer there were no questions asked.
"I went on the pre-season to America with Portsmouth, training with them with a view to signing, but once United showed an interest my choice was made because it was a far better option.
"This is a massive club with aspirations to be in the Premier League. That is where everybody wants to be and it is where I want to play, and that is the main reason I came here.
"The key in this division is consistency. If you can get on a good winning run then you can shoot up the table, but that can also work the other way, too.
"One of the main positives here is experience, a lot of the lads know what winning promotion is about and they have already tasted top-flight football."
Jordan is currently recovering from a minor injury and hopes to be back in the next week.
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