Sheffield United defender, Ben Heneghan, is set to extend his stay away from Bramall Lane.

The former Motherwell man has struggled to make any sort of impact for the Blades since arriving 18 months ago. He’s made just a single appearance under Chris Wilder and has spent this season out on loan with Blackpool.

Ben Heneghan is set to stay at Blackpool this season.  (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

And according to respected journalist Alan Nixon, Heneghan will now extend his spell with the seaside club until the end of the season. He’s been a regular for Simon Grayson this season, impressing along the way.

Heneghan was previously linked with a move to Blackburn Rovers. However, it appears no permanent deal is in place and the defender will now stay with the League One outfit.

The 26-year-old has made 18 appearances this season, scoring twice along the way. With chances of a first-team appearance at Sheffield United limited, an extended move to Blackpool makes sense for Heneghan.

A sensible move

There’s little point in the Blades keeping hold of players who are not going to get into the squad.

Heneghan has been one of the few signings that Chris Wilder has made that hasn’t worked out. He came to Bramall Lane with a good reputation and plenty of potential, but has found life tough.

Ben Heneghan has struggled at Sheffield United but has done well in Blackpool.  (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

There’s no chance really of Heneghan breaching the Blades first-team squad. Therefore, a move to a club where he is playing regularly and putting in some decent performances is ideal for him.

It seems strange that Blackpool haven’t stumped up the money to land him permanently. However, they could just be biding their time and looking to get the best deal possible when it comes to the summer.

It’s a shame that things haven’t got going for Heneghan with United. But, at just 26, the defender has a chance to really make a career for himself now and kick on while at Blackpool.

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