Sheffield FC land former Sheffield United and Rotherham youngster Ian Ross

Ian Ross on the ball
Ian Ross on the ball

Sheffield have landed experienced midfielder Ian Ross from Evo-Stik Premier strugglers Belper Town ahead of the March transfer deadline.

Club have been chasing the 29-year-old, who is equally comfortable playing in central defence, for some time.

Ross started his career as a youngster with Sheffield United before spells at Bury, Rotherham United, Boston United and Notts County.

The last few seasons have been spent playing Conference football with Alfreton Town and Gainsborough Trinity, before joining Belper last summer.

Ross was delighted to have finally signed for the world’s first football club. He said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve wanted to play here for a while and nearly joined at the start of the season. It is a great club with a massive history.”

Meanwhile, on the outgoing side, Warren Burrell has left to join Division One South Leek Town.

Ross made his Club debut in the 2-1 defeat against promotion chasing Leek on Tuesday.

It saw Sheffield slip to a second home defeat in four days, following on from the 3-0 reversal against Stafford Rangers - and the fifth on the spin at the Coach & Horses ground.

Andre Brown gave Leek a 10th-minute lead on his debut, following his month’s loan from Crewe, with a shot that squirmed under ‘keeper Jake Eastwood.

Club’s best chances came from John McGrath, who saw his effort tipped over. Then Ashley Longstaff fired high and wide when through on goal early in the second half.

The visitors wrapped up the points with the second five minutes from time with a fine effort from Dan Shelley into the top corner.

Jamie Gregory grabbed a consolation for Club deep into the stoppage time after cutting in from the left.

Sheffield have a run of three home games over the next week against teams around them in the table. Chasetown are first up tomorrow, then its Goole AFC on Tuesday rounding off with the visit of Loughborough Dynamo next weekend.