Phil Jagielka has returned to his former club Sheffield United ahead of the new season following his release by Everton – as confirmed by the Blades’ official website.
The former England international has signed a one-year deal at Bramall Lane, taking him back to the club he left in 2007 and manager Chris Wilder was clearly elated with the new arrival.
He said: “We’re signing Phil because he is a really good footballer and a great character to have around. Meeting up with him and seeing his desire makes me delighted to see Jags back at home.
“He’s had a fantastic career, he went to a fantastic club and played all those games in the Premier League and captained England. To have Phil in and around our changing room is going to be invaluable.”
And even though the time was probably right for Jagielka to move on – and he has agreed the perfect onwards transfer afterwards, confirmation of his new club has still been emotional for many Toffees fans on Twitter.
Im not crying you are pic.twitter.com/87YwFBMHyn
— Soph✨ (@sophieblue04) July 4, 2019
— Benj Winstanley (@benjwinstanley) July 4, 2019
Should have given him a testimonial tbh
— Scott Hall (@scotthallefc) July 4, 2019
Always be a blue , respected , professional, top captain and scored a beauty in the kopites net 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 Goodluck Skipper
— Neil Rimmer (@Nellyefc) July 4, 2019
— Callum Chadwick (@CallumChadwick_) July 4, 2019
— 🦍 (@AlphaAlien2) July 4, 2019
Thank You and all the best Skipper 👍
— Shaun (@DaintyShaun) July 5, 2019
Good luck, Jags! 💙
— Farhad Tne 🇧🇩 (@Evafarhad) July 4, 2019
My captain💙 Good luck Jags, get that testimonial sorted!! pic.twitter.com/EF3TnhJHSK
— Joanne (@Joannecolaa) July 4, 2019
Good luck mighty Jags hopefully you play against us at GP so you can get the send off you richly https://t.co/9pogL6ZNOO have been class since you signed for us.Good luck.😢👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👂
— tony (@tonyf_efc) July 4, 2019
Good luck fella. Hope you’re not asleep next time I bump into you x pic.twitter.com/aQqgQFdylz
— Wood (@GeorgeWoodEFC) July 4, 2019
Good luck Jags! ☘️⚽️❤️🖤
Thanks for everything at Everton. You’ll be missed 💙
— Sarah ⚽️💙 (@BlueSarah1878) July 4, 2019