Micky Mellon assesses Dundee United's transfer business as he praises 'tremendous' Ryan Edwards
Micky Mellon believes Ryan Edwards is a leader and can help Dundee United’s young stars come of age in the Premiership.
The Tannadice boss was delighted to land the defender after he quit Blackpool earlier this week.
And he believes the 26-year-old, who has also enjoyed spells at Blackburn, Plymouth and Morecambe, can use his vast experience to the rest of the squad’s benefit.
Mellon confirmed: “I am delighted to get him in.
“I came into the group and got underneath it before I made any decisions on what type of players I needed to bring in.
“It became very clear to me that we needed that type of central defender to compliment what we have already got.
“Ryan is a leader, fantastic competitor and a good all-round guy. He has come up here with bags of ambition and is looking to do really, really well.(Image: Daily Record)
“He has an ambition to make a real impact. He’ll be a good addition to the squad along with Luke Bolton and we are pleased that we have strengthened the group.”
The United chief also knows nobody can question Edward’s character after he won his battle with testicular cancer.
Mellon admitted: “We have all been touched with stuff like that via all our families.
“The boy has had to deal with that at a young age and he showed tremendous character to get through that.
“Nobody can question Ryan’s character coming through something very serious like that.
“He has done that and we are delighted to have a boy with that sort of character because we are going to need that in the building.”
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The Liverpudian is also no stranger to Mellon as he has kept an eye on him since he came through the ranks at his former club, Blackburn Rovers. He will decide this week whether he will make his debut at Motherwell this weekend.
He confirmed: “I saw him right back in his Blackburn days. He is a centre back I have known for a long time.
“He is a good size, a good athlete and is a winner.
“I know he will come up here, settle and do very well up here.
“He is maybe a wee bit behind in fitness as he hasn’t done six weeks like we have done but we’ll gauge him along with (Luke) Bolton and if we feel they’re ready for this weekend then we will put him in.”
Mellon has already brought in Bolton and Edwards and confirmed he is actively prodding away at other options. Ipswich Town striker James Norwood remains a top target - having previously played under the United boss at Tranmere.(Image: Getty Images)
Mellon diplomatically said: “I can’t speak about any of that. We are in the market, if possible, to make Dundee United’s squad stronger.
“I am careful to say squad because we have good players here but we are in the market all the time to try and make that better.
“It is a continual on-going job because that is my job. The recruitment market can change on the toss of a coin.
“It can be one that happens right away or it could be a slow burner where you are continually prodding at it.
“There are a few we are prodding at the moment and trying to shake and things can change very quickly.
“We are on the front foot and trying to improve the squad with some strong character as quickly as we can.
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“We will get linked to all sorts of players because we speak to agents but we have to be respectful to other clubs and players. The clubs would be the first place we would go to if we were to try and pursue something.”
“As professionals we have to be disappointed we didn’t win against ten men but sometimes it doesn’t happen and you are not able to put the ball in the net,” Mellon acknowledged.
“I combed over the games Saturday, Sunday and Monday so I know what I’m saying to the players this week.
“I have spoken to a few individuals about what we are looking for from them.”