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An England transfer from Sheffield United is revealed, along with the fact that the player smiles “if someone brings up” Birmingham City.

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The 25-year-old defender has become a regular presence in Sheffield United’s defense, but his journey to prominence began in the Midlands. Initially joining Arsenal from Colorado Rapids, he was subsequently loaned back to the MLS before securing a temporary move to Birmingham.

During his time at Birmingham, he swiftly became a pivotal player for the Blues, featuring in a total of 48 matches during the 2022/23 season. His impressive performances caught the attention of Premier League clubs, leading to his transfer to Sheffield United.

Since his Premier League debut for the Blades in October, he has been a mainstay in the team, missing only one league fixture. In an interview with GOAL, the defender shared insights into his experiences in England and the warm reception he received at St Andrew’s.

Auston Trusty joined Sheffield United in the summer of 2023. Image: Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

In reflecting on his experience, the player expressed gratitude for the warm reception he received from English fans during his time at Birmingham. He recounted how hearing chants of “USA!” from the supporters gave him goosebumps and made him realize that his dream of playing in England was being realized beyond his expectations. The atmosphere at Birmingham left a lasting impression on him, making it a special place in his memory.

Now competing in the Premier League against some of the world’s top attacking talents, Trusty views the challenge as an opportunity to boost his confidence. Despite facing intimidating opponents, he sees it as validation of his abilities to hold his own against such elite competition. As a defender, he takes pride in being able to neutralize these top attackers and feels empowered knowing that his opponents also have to study and prepare for him. This shift in mindset reflects his growing confidence and recognition of his own capabilities at the highest level of football.

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