John Fleck, a longtime midfield player for Sheffield United, has confirmed his permanent departure from the team to join Blackburn Rovers.
Since joining the Blades on a free transfer from Coventry City in 2016, the 32-year-old has participated in 278 games. During that time, he has tallied 16 goals and 48 assists, earning Player of the Season awards in his first two seasons.
Fleck was instrumental in Sheffield United’s ascent from League One back to the Premier League after his move to Bramall Lane, assisting Chris Wilder’s squad to a ninth-place finish in the 2019–20 campaign.
On his way back to the top league, Fleck made another 26 appearances for Sheffield United in the 2022–2023 campaign. However, this season, he has only made four appearances in the top division, and his one start saw him play only 45 minutes in a 5-0 drubbing at Burnley.
Although Fleck had a contract with the Blades until the summer, Blackburn has now announced that the Scotland international left the club on a free transfer after 7.5 years of service.
After emerging from the Gers junior system, Fleck won seven major trophies with Rangers, including three consecutive Scottish Premiership crowns from 2009 to 2011, before becoming well-known in England.
The midfield player was called up to Steve Clarke’s Euro 2020 squad and has five caps for the Scotland national team, although he did not play in any of the games.