Former Rangers midfielder John Fleck has discussed his journey from EFL obscurity to taking the Premier League by storm with Sheffield United, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The 28-year-old midfielder came up through the youth ranks at Rangers and went on to make over 50 senior appearances in all competitions, before leaving during the financial troubles of 2012.
He headed south of the border to join Coventry City, where he established himself as a first-team regular.
Now, three years after leaving the Ricoh Arena, he’s helping Sheffield United take the Premier League by storm, and has earned international recognition with Scotland.
“I suppose, after all these years, you could say I’ve fulfilled the potential I showed as a kid,” said Fleck, as quoted by the Daily Record. “Listen, everyone had an opinion on me growing up. I always knew that if I worked as hard as I could in England, I’d get here and it would be deserved.”
“I’ve always felt I could play at this level and I’ve shown that so far this season in the Premier League.
“Some young players with potential just fall away and don’t achieve anything, but I’ve always had a determination within me that if I worked hard I’d get the chance to play at the top level. Thankfully I picked the right club in Sheffield United to do that and hopefully I can stay here now. ”
“I just knew it was a big club, a stadium with a terrific atmosphere…it’s been unbelievable what’s happened since [joining United].”
It’s been a commendable rise to prominence from Fleck in recent times, given that he spent five seasons in a row in League One before he started to move up the divisions with the Blades.
Last weekend, he scored his first Premier League goal in a stunning 3-0 home win over Burnley and he backed that up on Saturday by playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw away at Tottenham.
United have been this surprise package of the season so far and having turned out in 10 of their 12 games so far, the former Ger can take satisfaction from being a key factor in their success.
This former Ger has certainly done well for himself.