BEN Davies has been reunited with former Burton Albion and Derby County boss Nigel Clough after sealing a permanent move to Sheffield United.
Davies’ contract at Derby expires at the end of this month and he has agreed a one-year deal with the Blades, where he ended the 2013/14 season on loan.
“It’s nice to get it sorted,” said the 33-year-old midfielder.
“Once we‘d got the play-offs out of the way at Derby, it was just a case of agreeing everything. It was always the intention to come back here.
“Having been at the club for the last three months of the season, I got to see what it was all about.
“I’ve played over 100 games for the gaffer, so I know what him and his staff are all about – and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Derby signed Davies from Notts County in a £350,000 deal in January 2011.
The set piece specialist made 82 appearances for the Rams in all competitions, including 52 starts, and scored seven goals.
Davies feels he has plenty to offer as one of the senior members of the squad at Bramall Lane.
“It always helps to have some experience in the squad – it’s good to have a nice blend,” he said.
“There’s a lot of talented young players coming through and in the team.
“It will be nice to be able to help them and point them in the right direction, if they need it.”
Clough, meanwhile, has retained the services of former Derby striker Chris Porter, who has also agreed a new 12-month deal.
“Chris and Ben are well known to the coaching staff and we’re delighted that they are on board for next season,” said the manager.
“Both contributed to our success last season and we hope they will do the same when we kick off the new campaign.
“Chris got 11 goals after Christmas and those were mainly from the bench. If he can repeat that, we’ll be more than happy.
“Ben chipped in with a few as well and it will be good to have their experience.”
Porter is hoping to be involved in a promotion push next season.
“That is what everyone is aiming for and I really think this is the season to do it,” said the former Motherwell man.
“I didn’t really need much persuading (to sign the new deal).
“I love it here – and I absolutely loved last season.
“This is a club that is going somewhere.
“I think we’ve got a great chance and I want to be a part of it.
“I’m looking for a massive season from myself.
“I want to kick on and score lots of goals. Hopefully, I can do that.”