Martin joins Blades

Winger turns down chance to extend his time with Plymouth

Martin: Excited by move

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Manchester United's Lee Martin has joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season.

The winger had spent three months at Plymouth Argyle earlier in the season, making 12 appearances and scoring two goals for the Pilgrims during their rise into Championship play-off contention.

Paul Sturrock had been keen to keep Martin at Home Park, but Bryan Robson has moved quickly and utilised his links with United to bring the player to Bramall Lane.

Martin will be suspended for Saturday's league game with QPR after picking up five bookings during his time at Plymouth, but admitted that it is a pleasure to have joined such a big club.

Flair player

"I spoke to Sir Alex (Ferguson) on Wednesday morning and he told me of the interest," he told Sheffield United's official website.

"There were a few other clubs interested but it is good to know a big club like Sheffield United is interested in me.

"Plymouth wanted me to extend my stay but the decision was made by myself and Sir Alex.

"I will work hard but hopefully I can bring a bit of flair, pace and energy."

Team-mates

Martin should also have no problem settling in at the club as he will be linking up with a few familiar faces from his past.

"I've played with Phil Bardsley at Manchester United and Rangers and I was at Stoke with Lee Hendrie last year," he said.