Lee Hendrie has revealed his regret at leaving Stoke City rather than joining the Potters permanently.
Hendrie had a season-long loan spell – split across two stints – at Stoke in the 2006-07 Championship campaign, helping Tony Pulis’ team finish eighth.
But rather than signing for the Potters when he left Aston Villa for good in the summer of 2007 he chose to join newly-relegated Sheffield United instead – a decision he rues to this day.
His decision to head to Bramall Lane backfired when he fell out with Blades boss Kevin Blackwell.
“I have lost count how many clubs I had after Villa but that was just my love for the game. I loved playing football but I did do the rounds a little bit,” he recalled for BirminghamLive’s Aston Villa podcast Claret and Blue.
“I made the wrong decisions I should have signed for Stoke after leaving Villa, that was one of my main regrets, but I signed for Sheffield United, which was just the worst thing I could have done because it just didn’t work out.
“Kevin Blackwell was just an absolute .. well, I don’t even want to go into it. He was one of the worst managers I have ever, ever been under.
“At that stage of my career he put the nail in the coffin for me and to this day I would not speak to him if I saw him, because he made a mockery of me at Sheffield United and made me look like I was there for money.
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“I wasn’t there for money, I came back fit as anything to try and prove him wrong and turn the crowd, which, unfortunately, I didn’t.
“I have never got to tell the story, which one day I will do.”
Hendrie played 28 times for the Potters, scoring three goals, all of which came in his first five appearances.