Paul Coutts last night revealed why the presence of some familar faces can help him make an instant impact at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
And, as he prepares to make his Sheffield United debut against Swindon Town tomorrow, the former Scotland under-21 midfielder explained how the “size, stature and potential” of Nigel Clough’s squad persuaded him to turn his back on a chance to play Premier League football with former club Derby County.
Coutts told The Star: “Knowing so many of the lads here means I won’t have any problems settling. And, if you are happy off the pitch then there’s a much better chance that you’re going to perform on it.
“There’s lots of Scots in the squad like Bob Harris, Stefan Scougall and Marc McNulty and I’ve heard all about the five-a-sides we have against ‘England’ in training.
“I used to room with Stephen McGinn with the under-21’s and I know Collo (Neill Collins). The same goes for Jamie Murphy and the goalie (Iain Turner) is from back home too.”
Coutts, together with County team mate Kieron Freeman, arrived ahead of last weekend’s FA Cup tie at Preston North End where John Brayford, who also played under Clough in the east Midlands, completed his transfer from Cardiff City.
“I’m confident we’ve got enough to get out of this division,” Coutts said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge because, when you look at the size, stature and potential, there’s no glass ceiling here.”