By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

26th Feb, 2020 | 10:10am

Exclusive: Bruce reveals Sheffield United training ground invite

Alex Bruce has revealed how close he came to signing for Sheffield United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the just-retired defender, 35, explained how he was invited to train with United by Chris Wilder when he left Hull City in the summer of 2017.

The Bramall Lane manager told Bruce he was an alternative signing to another unnamed centre-back, who he eventually managed to sign.

The son of Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce revealed how impressed he was with Wilder’s methods during his time at the club.

He told Football Insider: “Unbelievable. I actually went to Sheffield United when I left Hull. They’d just been promoted into the Championship and I was invited to train for a couple of weeks.

“Chris Wilder was very honest with me, I was on holiday, he rang me and said: ‘I’m down the road with signing an experienced centre-half, if we can get that deal done I’d prefer to do it but at the minute it’s hitting stalling blocks. Would you come in and train and if that falls down we’ll take you?’

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“I went in, ultimately they ended up signing that player but I was there for two, three weeks and the way he works, the work ethic of his team, how organised they were in training, the three centre- halves, the outside centre-halves bombing on like full-backs, the way they played was something I’d never seen before.

“He had good players to match the incredible work rate.”

Father Steve started his two-decade managerial career at Sheffield United back in 1998, before he joined Huddersfield Town a year later.

In other Sheffield United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are set to offer midfielder deal amid £25million interest.