Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, last night praised the “attitude, behaviour and commitment” of Kieran Wallace after the 20-year-old signed a new contract at Bramall Lane.
The versatile youngster, signed from Ilkeston FC by Adkins’ predecessor Nigel Clough 12 months ago, has impressed the United coaching team this season with a series of accomplished displays at left-back.
Wallace, formerly of Nottingham Forest, only agreed a contract extension in the summer and his new deal will see him now remain at Bramall Lane until the summer of 2018. The Star revealed earlier this season that United were set to table fresh terms.
“We are very pleased to have extended Kieran’s contract and we hope it will give him more stability moving forward,” Adkins said.
“Since the day we joined, his attitude, behaviour and commitment has been first class and he is improving as a player all the time.
“He has certainly done very well this season and we believe he is in an environment with the right people round him to develop further.
“Now he has more security we are confident he will continue on that upward development curve.”
Wallace is the second former Ilkeston player to impress for United, after following Che Adams to Bramall Lane last year.
Wallace, a midfielder by trade, spent the back end of last season on loan at Lincoln City, but impressed Adkins in pre-season after filling in at centre-half.
Then, following injury to first-choice Bob Harris, he made the switch to left-back and impressed the Bramall Lane support.
“Kieran has been outstanding,” Adkins said earlier in the season.
“He had a great pre-season with us after being identified as a member of the under-21 group that we wanted to take a good look at.
“Kieran has got a great attitude about him. He’s eager to improve and learn. But, just as importantly, he’s also a proper footballer.”