Versatile defender Marnick Vermijl will have a point to prove at Hillsborough, according to Sheffield Wednesday chief Stuart Gray.
Vermijl, 23, has dropped down a league, having failed to make the grade at Premier League giants Manchester United.
After his proposed move to Belgian side Lokeren collapsed, Vermijl opted to join Gray’s revolution, penning a three-a-and-half-year deal with the Championship outfit on Monday. Vermijl, signed for an undisclosed fee, made just one appearance for United this season. He played the full 90 minutes in their 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons last August.
Gray told The Star: “We have been monitoring him for a while and I have been in regular dialogue with United coach Warren Joyce. We were competing with several clubs for Marnick.
“Liam [Palmer] has been fantastic at right-back but I didn’t have many other options. Marnick can play anywhere across the back four but I see his best position as a right-back.”
The Owls chief tried to capture Vermijl when David Moyes was still in charge of United last season.
“It was a case of we had to keep plugging away,” he said. “He’s a talented boy.
“Marnick’s very quick, he can get up and down the pitch which is what you want from your full-back. He’s a good athlete and was on standby for the Belgian World Cup team last summer so that shows how much they rate him. He will be keen to do well in this country and I think he will be a great addition.
“Hopefully it will be Manchester United’s loss and our gain. He had opportunities to go back to Belgium but he’s decided to come here.
“He wants to prove himself at this level and also prove United wrong for letting him go.”