FORMER Hibs striker Clayton Donaldson netted twice on his Sheffield United debut to condemn Sunderland a third consecutive Championship defeat.

The 33-year-old frontman got the goals that mattered in his new side’s 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light where Jack Rodwell got a stoppage-time consolation.

And new boss Chris Wilder revealed he had tried on EIGHT previous occasions to sign the veteran who has played for clubs such as Hull City, York, Crewe and Birmingham in his 15-year career  

He said: “It’s a great day for Clayton and a fantastic day for our football club.

“It was our first away win for six years at this level, so to come to an iconic stadium like this and do it, it was great reward for them all.

“We felt Clayton was what we needed. It’s not always available to us, but we wanted someone to run in behind, the goals showed everyone what he is all about.

“I’ve almost signed him eight times. Ask every player he has played with and they will come to the same conclusions – he’s hard-working, under-rated, first-class and he is a team player.”


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