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Jagielka returns to Sheffield United after decade-plus with Everton

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16: Phil Jagielka of Everton is tackled by Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on January 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Phil Jagielka’s long Premier League run continues into a new season with a new club.

The popular and long-serving Everton defender is returning whence he came, joining Sheffield United on a free transfer.

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Jagielka, 36, joined the Toffees from the Blades in 2007 and appeared 385 times. He scored 19 goals, six of them coming in 2014-15.

He was twice the Everton Player of the Season after earning the honor thrice with Sheffield United during nine years with the club which included three seasons in their youth academy.

Remarkably, Jagielka left United when the club was relegated to the Championship, and returns at the Blades’ return to the top flight for 2019-20.

He played only 330 minutes in the Premier League last season, and part of this feels like “manager-in-waiting” status if we’re being mischievous. Either way, Jagielka has been a credit to both clubs and fittingly return to the other.

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