Mark Fotheringham given Sheffield United trial

By Jim SpenceBBC Scotland
Mark Fotheringham
Fotheringham was with Dundee United before joining Anorthosis Famagusta

Former Dundee and Norwich City midfielder Mark Fotheringham is heading for a trial with Sheffield United.

The 27-year-old Scot had ended the season with Anorthosis Famagusta, who were third in the Cypriot top flight.

Fotheringham had been handed training facilities by another of his former clubs, Dundee United, after returning to Scotland after exiting Anorthosis.

He had been set to move to Greek football until the opportunity came up at Bramall Lane.

The League One outfit were thwarted last month in their attempt to sign Rangers midfielders John Fleck and Kyle Hutton on loan.

Registration for the 20-year-olds failed to be lodged before the closure of the transfer window and Hutton has since been farmed out for three months to Partick Thistle in Scotland's First Division.

Fotheringham began his career with Celtic, but it was not until he moved on to Dundee that he became a first-team regular.

He moved on to German second-tier outfit Freiburg then Swiss outfit Aarau before joining Norwich in January 2007.

Dundee-born Fotheringham became club captain with the Carrow Road outfit until falling out with manager Bryan Gunn after being substituted by his fellow Scot against Coventry City.

Fotheringham was released a month later and had trials with Espanyol, Derby County and Sheffield United before eventually winning a contract with Anorthosis.

As his contract did not begin until January, he signed a three-month deal with Dundee United until moving to Cyprus.