MANAGER Nigel Clough has revealed that Sheffield United are making headway in contract discussions with several key players including Ryan Flynn and Harry Maguire.
Flynn is the most high-profile of the Blades players whose deals expire this summer, but the club are in talks with him, with significant progress already made.
Bob Harris, who will miss tonight’s game at Vale Park and is unlikely to play again this term due to a groin injury, is another whose future is close to being finalised.
United had an option to keep the former Blackpool player for an additional year, with his short-term deal due to expire at the end of this season, with Clough suggesting that the 26-year-old could pen an even longer contract.
Clough also confirmed talks have started regarding a long-term deal for talented defender Maguire, whose form has drawn admiring glances from a number of higher division clubs.
He said: “We are very, very close to agreeing a new deal (with Flynn).
“It’s a good position with the contracts. You don’t want your most important people running out in the summer. Ryan’s about the only one, while we have one or two others to sort out one way or the other. But I think we are in a pretty healthy position regarding the contracts.”
On the situation with Maguire, who signed a long-term deal until 2015 in October 2011, he added: “Negotiations have started.
“I think Harry is happy and likes playing for the club. He’s a home bird and we’d hope to get something settled as well.
“But there’s no desperate hurry. We’ll get that done over the course of the summer.
“Some people probably think he is a bit older than he is as he came into the team very early.
“But he’s still maturing as a player and person. I think there’s a lot more to come from him.”
United’s rollercoaster campaign may be finally quietening down, but Clough is demanding no let-up from his players, some of whom still have to things to prove to still be at Bramall Lane in 2014-15.
He added: “There are still important games and still people playing for places next season.”
Stefan Scougall is set to return this evening.
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