Defender Steven Caulker speaks on ‘strange’ weeks leading up to signing for Dundee

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Steven Caulker with Neil McCann

New Dundee defender Steven Caulker says boss Neil McCann is the reason he chose the Dark Blues over other English clubs.

The 26-year-old  today joined the Dens Park side on an 18-month deal after he left QPR in December.

Caulker had been training at English League Two side recently with a possible deal on the cards. He was also reportedly linked with clubs in China and Turkey.

The big defender has previously spoken openly about his struggles with addiction and mental health and saw the move to Dens as “a chance to get away from everything back home.”

Caulker told Sky Sports News: “It’s been a strange six weeks for me. I’ve been training at Luton, training on my own.

“The phone call came in just the other day from Neil offering the chance to come up here and get away from everything back home and get my head down and focus on playing football.

“I met with him last night and he blew me away with his honesty. He’s real genuine man. He said to me here’s my chance to come and play. For me it’s one I want to take and I’m just really glad to be here.”

Caulker has not played a competitive game since September when he was at QPR. He could go in to the team for Saturday’s Scottish Cup game against Motherwell.

He added: “It’s great just being back amongst the boys and getting a sweat on in training. You can’t mimic that.

“It’s been a great first day, really loved it and I’m just getting used to the cold weather.”