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Reported new contract for Jagielka, while Sheffield United say goodbye to Clarke
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Reported new contract for Jagielka, while Sheffield United say goodbye to Clarke

Phil Jagielka is set to be given a new one-year contract by Sheffield United – according to Football Insider.

Jagielka is one of four players at Bramall Lane about to become a free agent, alongside Leon Clarke, Kieron Freeman and Jack Rodwell.

The quartet signed temporary extensions with the Blades to take them to the end of the season. Following its conclusion with a 3-1 defeat at Southampton, their futures with the club need to be decided.

Mark Duffy, Ricky Holmes and Ravel Morrison have already left South Yorkshire following the expiration of their deals.

Manager Chris Wilder is said to be keen to keep Jagielka at least, offering the 37-year-old a new 12-month contract to stay.


The defender rejoined his boyhood team following their promotion to the Premier League. Jagielka had previously played for them during their last appearance in the top flight in 2006/07, before leaving for Everton when they were relegated.

Although the former England international only played 10 times this term, his leadership and experience is greatly appreciated.

Jagielka has also been the natural alternative to John Egan in the middle of Wilder’s three-man defence when the Irishman is unavailable.

Could anyone else get a new contract alongside Jagielka?

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Someone who certainly won’t be with United next campaign is the aforementioned Clarke. Signed from Bury four years ago, the 35-year-old was a key player for half of that time.

However, Clarke spent the second half of 2018/19 on loan at Wigan Athletic and was transfer-listed last summer. Yet the striker did not leave then, or in the January transfer window.

Clarke played five times in total this season, including coming off the bench against the Saints for a fond farewell.

“The clap (at full-time) was for Leon, because I think he’s been outstanding for us,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game.

“I felt it was right to recognise what Leon has done for us.

“He’s played his part and he’ll move onto a new club in the summer.”

As for Freeman and Rodwell it’s currently unclear whether they, like Jagielka, will be offered new deals. With neither having made a huge impact, though, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both leave alongside Clarke.

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