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Mansfield Town take former Sheffield United defender Jake Wright on short-term deal

In news not directly related to Sheffield United’s current situation, former defender Jake Wright has signed a short-term deal with Mansfield.

Confirmed by the club yesterday, Wright has penned terms with the Stags until the end of the season. He’ll join up with former Blades boss Nigel Clough, who has been suitably impressed with Wright’s attitude during a six to eight week trial period at the club.

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Of course, that attitude will not come as a surprise to Sheffield United fans up and down the country.

Wright was one of the squad’s key figures as the Blades enjoyed their rise up from League One into the Premier League. The defender, a favourite of Chris Wilder’s, was well known for his no nonsense displays and boasted a remarkable unbeaten run at one point too.

He spent time with Bolton Wanderers last season after being allowed to leave Bramall Lane with Wilder’s blessing. And now after sealing a move to the Stags, most Sheffield United fans will no doubt wish Wright well on the move.

Jake Wright epitomised Sheffield United for a while under Wilder

It was hardly the most ground-breaking signing when we brought Jake Wright in, but my word did he prove useful.

He made 53 appearances for United and was a big part of the squad which did so well. Never one to complain, he simply knew his role with the club and stepped up to the plate when needed for Chris Wilder.

The fact he is still going and has got himself another move is testament to his qualities and professionalism. Wright will go down as a big Blades favourite from the Wilder era, I’ve no doubt.

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