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Former Sheffield United striker Jon Stead joins ex-Blade Neil Collins at Tampa Bay Rowdies

While most eyes watching over Sheffield United will be keeping an eye on transfer activity in the January window, we couldn’t help but notice that former striker, Jon Stead, had got himself a nice new gig over in America.

Stead, who scored 11 goals in 47 appearances for the Blades, is well remembered at Bramall Lane for a number of fine strikes during the Blades’ spell in the Premier League under Neil Warnock. Indeed, it was Stead who scored when United lost 2-1 to Wigan Athletic to seal their relegation fate back in 2007.

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After leaving the Blades, Stead enjoyed spells at a number of clubs including Bradford, Huddersfield, and Ipswich Town. And now, at 38 and after hanging up his boots, Jon Stead has joined former Blades defender Neil Collins at USL side, Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Confirmed by the club yesterday, Stead will join as Collins’ assistant alongside another new appointment, Eric Wilde.

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Stead is not the only ex-Blade to make a bold move abroad since retirement. As mentioned, Collins has been in charge in Tampa since taking the job in 2019, while former midfielder Nick Montgomery is thriving over in Australia.

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He was never the most prolific of strikers during his career but there is no doubt Stead is a player who Blades fans will remember for more good reasons than bad. He was very good in that season in the Premier League and was unlucky to be part of a side that went down.

Ultimately, he made over 700 first-team appearances and no one can say he’s not had a good career. Sure, he might not have hit the heights some expected when first burst onto the scene, but it’s not a career to be sniffed at at all.

Stead will, hopefully, thrive in this next stage of his career and us here at Sheffield United News with the former striker all the best.

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