Brian Howard is a player whose name probably largely went under the radar for many a Sheffield United fan during his time at Bramall Lane.
The Winchester born playmaker joined the Blades on loan from Barnsley in October 2008 and would go on to make the move permanent across Yorkshire in January of the following year after the two clubs had originally put an option to buy in the agreement.
During his time in the Steel City, Howard made a total of 37 appearances and would go on to help his side to a Championship play-off final appearance against Burnley, with the Blades ultimately losing out on that occasion to the Clarets.
He did however keep his place in the starting eleven at Bramall Lane heading into the 2009/10 campaign, but was then suddenly sold by the Blades to Reading, who paid a fee of £500,000 to lure him to the Madejski Stadium on a three year contract.
It is with the Royals that he enjoyed a good spell initially, racking up over 50 appearances over the course of first two seasons before then slowly falling out of favour.
This led to s subsequent loan spell with Millwall during the first half of the 2011/12 campaign, before he was eventually released by Reading in the summer of 2012.
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After heading on trial to Portsmouth, Howard was one of several players that the South Coast club signed ahead of the 2012/13 season as they sought to rebuild after tumbling into administration.
His spell with Pompey was short lived however and he only went on to play 26 games before he was on the move again – this time to Bristol City.
Alas he didn’t fair much better with the Robins as he only made six appearances after signing a short term contract at Ashton Gate.
Then came further short lived spells with both Birmingham City and Oxford United as he struggled to get regular game time, with both of those stints following an eye catching move to Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia.
Howard then returned closer to his roots as he took in spells for Eastleigh, Alresford Town, Romsey Town and Brighton based side Whitehawk before eventually hanging up his boots in February 2017.
A regular at Football League level during his prime and a man more well remembered by Barnsley fans, Howard’s spell with the Blades was short and sweet and he will now no doubt look back on his career with fond memories.