Dundee new boy Steven Caulker claims Neil McCann’s honesty “blew him away” when the pair sat down to thrash out his 18-month contract.
Caulker’s arrival was announced earlier this afternoon, with the former QPR defender looking to get his career back on track north of the border.
The 26-year-old was one of England’s brightest prospects when he burst on the scene at Tottenham in 2009.
However, Caulker soon pin-balled around the Premier League with stints at Cardiff, Southampton, Swansea and even a loan-spell at Liverpool.
His struggles with mental illness, alcohol and gambling have blighted his career in recent years, with QPR eventually releasing him at the turn of the year.
But the centre-back has now fully recovered and told Sky Sports News that he’s keen to get back playing regular football… under a manager who has thoroughly impressed him:
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) February 8, 2018
Caulker has played just four games this season, with two appearances in the English League Cup and two in the Championship, meaning he may face a battle to regain match-fitness over the next few weeks.
McCann will be hoping to include him sooner rather than later though, as Dundee have lost three of their last five in the Scottish Premiership.