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David Parkhouse leaves Sheffield United just a year after signing new contract

David Parkhouse has left Sheffield United permanently after signing for Derry City on a three-year deal.

It brings an end to a turbulent 12-month period for Parkhouse, who had two difficult loan spells at Stevenage and then Hartlepool United during that time.

“I couldn’t be happier to have finally got it all sorted,” the striker told the League of Ireland club’s website.

“I had a number of offers and things to consider. But this is my hometown club. I love the place to bits and was actually devastated to have to leave in 2019.”

Parkhouse returned to Bramall Lane in December 2019 as a highly coveted youngster.

The 21-year-old scored 19 goals in 39 appearances while on loan at Derry City that year. This led to reported interest from Blackburn Rovers, Celtic and Everton.

The Scottish champions even contacted Parkhouse’s agent about the prospect of a move.

There were concerns the Northern Ireland Under-21 international would leave on a free when his contract expired last summer after rejecting the offer of an extension.

Yet when Celtic cooled their interest, Parkhouse did eventually put pen to paper before immediately leaving on loan for League Two and Stevenage.

Why David Parkhouse has left Sheffield United permanently

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Since talk of a move to Scotland, Parkhouse’s career hasn’t quite progressed as expected.

The Northern Irishman failed to scored in four appearances for the Boro before returning to the Blades.

Another temporary spell – this time at non-league Hartlepool – followed this season. Parkhouse netted once in seven games for the National League side, but there were problems off the pitch.

Pools manager, Dave Challinor, said he was concerned about “some things going on at home” and that the attacker’s confidence was low.

Challinor later confirmed Parkhouse had left the club early and returned to Ireland with his “family not being well”.

Now he has gone back to Ireland on a permanent basis, cutting his ties with the Blades in the process.

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