Sheffield United: Two more leave the Lane

Sheffield United defender Jay McEveley � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United defender Jay McEveley � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Ben Davies and Iain Turner have joined Michael Doyle as high-profile casualties of Sheffield United’s end-of-season cull, writes James Shield.

But manager Nigel Clough, speaking as the League One club’s published its retained and released list following the 2014/15 campaign, confirmed the likes of Jay McEveley, George Long and Kieran Wallace will all be staying at Bramall Lane after coaching staff elected to invoke options contained within their present agreements.

Kieran Wallace is staying at Bramall Lane � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Kieran Wallace is staying at Bramall Lane � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

An offer has also been made to Diego De Girolamo, the Italy youth international, despite his desire to leave South Yorkshire after failing to command a regular place in the starting eleven last term.

“Good luck to the lads leaving the club,” Clough said. “It is disappointing when you have tell experienced lads that they are not being kept on.”

“We’ve thanked them for their efforts,” Clough added. “And sincerely wish them all the very best in the future.”

Davies, aged 33, made 19 appearances last season but did not feature during United’s play-off semi-final defeat by Swindon Town. Turner, meanwhile, deputised for Mark Howard on 13 occasions after moving to South Yorkshire in August. His presence allowed Clough to arrange loan spells at Oxford and Motherwell for youngster George Long.

The decision to retain McEveley’s services comes as Clough prepares to reshape a back four which, by his own admission, undermined United’s bid for promotion. {http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheffield-united-blades-go-on-the-defensive-as-clough-confirms-his-transfer-targets-1-7259079As The Star revealed earlier this week, Clough wants to recruit at least one proven centre-half during the forthcoming transfer window|click here} while Shaun Barker could also be invited to train at the Redtooth Academy after parting company with Derby County.

McEveley’s ability to operate at both full-back and at the heart of United’s rearguard provides some much needed flexibility for a squad which has contested 63 games in league and cup competition since August.

Although United concede that De Girolamo has set his heart on finding a new club - a process the teenager’s advisors are known to have set in motion before his temporary transfer to Northampton Town - the fact they have tabled an official offer impacts upon the compensation they are entitled to receive barring a late change-of-heart.

Youngsters George Willis, Ben Whiteman, Jamie McDonagh, Otis Khan, CJ Hamilton, Connor Dimaio, Joel Coustrain and Julian Banton have all been informed their deals are being extended.

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