Sheffield United: Blades goalkeeper being eyed by Yorkshire rivals

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough wants to extend George Long's contract � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough wants to extend George Long's contract � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

York City could enter the race to secure George Long’s services next season after Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, confirmed he will look to arrange another loan spell for the goalkeeper.

Motherwell, where Long has spent the last three months, is thought to be Clough’s preferred destination after confirming the Scottish Premiership club will be invited to renew that arrangement ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

Nigel Clough is a big admirer of George Long's talents

Nigel Clough is a big admirer of George Long's talents

But doubts surrounding their top-flight status - Ian Baraclough’s side must beat either Rangers or Hibernian in a play-off to avoid relegation - have opened the door for City to express an interest should Michael Ingham refuse to sign a new contract.

The already cordial relations between Bramall Lane and Bootham Crescent were further strengthened when Richard Cresswell, the former United centre-forward, was appointed as City’s head of football operations last term.

Clough, who is keen to extend Long’s contract after triggering a 12 month clause contained in his previous deal, views the 21-year-old as a potential first-team regular. But, after acknowledging Mark Howard will start the new season as United’s first choice, believes his development would be best served by another loan move.

Rangers put themselves in pole position to meet Motherwell when they won the first-leg of their double-header against Hibernian at Ibrox on Wednesday evening. Goals from Nicky Clark and Kenny Miller means they enter tomorrow’s return in Edinburgh boasting a 2-0 advantage.

George Long has spent the past three months at Motherwell on loan � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

George Long has spent the past three months at Motherwell on loan � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

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York City could be interested in bringing George Long to Bootham Crescent

York City could be interested in bringing George Long to Bootham Crescent