Sheffield United's greatest ever player has been appointed as a director of the football club.
In the week before the 2018/19 season kicks off, Tony Currie has taken on a new role on the board of Sheffield United FC Ltd.
Widely regarded Blades fans as "one of our own", the midfield maestro first joined the Blades as a teenager in 1968. He went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club in the 60s and 70s scoring 54 goals and winning 17 England international caps.
He was officially voted as the Blades' best player of all time at the club's 125th anniversary event in 2014.
In comes after the South Stand at Bramall Lane was recently renamed the Tony Currie Stand to celebrate 50 years since he first signed for the Blades.
Tony, 68, said: "I am absolutely delighted to become a director of the Club. Who would have thought when I started out with the Blades as a teenager that I would now hold this position?
To be recognised in this way is very special.
"It has been a fantastic 50th anniversary year of me signing for United. People at the Club have been so great to me organising things this year. This is the latest one, following on from the stand being named after me.
"Sheffield United means everything to me. It has become my life, it is my life. If I had stayed and become manager and got fired, then I would probably not have had this relationship. I would have probably gone somewhere else and that would have been the end of the Sheffield relationship.
"So, I am glad that I have been able to spend the time with the best supporters in the world and the greatest club.
"I will be sitting in board meetings, listening to everything that goes on and, if I am needed, to have an input on the football side, I am entitled to do so. It will be very daunting for me, it will be something totally new at my age. I am looking forward to it," added Tony.
After retiring from the game following his illustrious career, Tony took charge of Sheffield United's Football in the Community programme before becoming Blades Ambassador a decade ago.
Tony replaces Scott McCabe on the Sheffield United board. who remains a director on Blades Leisure Ltd, the parent company of Sheffield United FC Ltd.
Kevin McCabe, co-owner of Sheffield United, said: "This is great news as we go into another challenging and exciting season in the Championship. We are thrilled that Tony is becoming a director at the football club. Like our manager, he is one of our own and will bring a footballing presence at board level in the way that the much-loved Derek Dooley did.
"He has wonderful footballing knowledge, is popular in the game and is well-known to thousands of people across the region and of course to our supporters who have given him legendary status."