David Parkhouse will be a Sheffield United player until 2022 after signing a new contract with the club, according to Football Insider.
The striker’s last deal was due to expire this summer and he had previously rejected the offer of an extension.
Blades manager Chris Wilder is a big admirer of Parkhouse after his impressive form on loan at Derry City in 2019. The 20-year-old scored 19 goals in all competitions to finish the season as their top scorer. It also earned him a place in the League of Ireland team of the year.
This attracted interest from Celtic, with the Derry Journal reporting the Scottish champions made contact with Parkhouse’s agent over a potential move.
The Northern Ireland Under-21 international could have signed a pre-contract agreement with them as of this month. That is because the Hoops are technically a foreign club when it comes to transfers.
Yet it seems Parkhouse had a change of heart and has now committed his immediate future to United.
Why did Parkhouse sign a new Sheffield United contract?
The forward did reveal why he had originally turned down the chance to extend his stay at Bramall Lane. Parkhouse cited a lack of first team opportunities as the reason.
Yet it could also be that the Irish Sun claims Celtic cooled their interest in the youngster. Despite all of the talk linking Parkhouse with a switch to the Bhoys, in the end no offer was forthcoming.
Instead he signed a new deal with the Blades and immediately left on loan for Stevenage for the remainder of this season. They are currently bottom of League Two.
“I came back in December to Sheffield, trained a bit, got my fitness back and I obviously got a few (Under-23s) games under my belt and I was just weighing up options between clubs,” Parkhouse told the official Boro website.
“I then found out about Stevenage and knew the manager was interested in me. There was interest from a few other places but it just felt right to come here and I’m glad to be here now.”