David McGoldrick is set to sign a new contract with Sheffield United, according to HITC.

McGoldrick will put pen to paper on a new two-and-a-half year deal within the next 48 hours.

The striker only joined the Blades for an initial 12 months after arriving on a free transfer from Ipswich Town last summer.

However, McGoldrick’s impressive form – scoring 10 Championship goals so far in 2018/19 – will see that stay at Bramall Lane extended.

Why McGoldrick is key for Blades

The 31-year-old has been a revelation for Chris Wilder’s side since signing from Ipswich. In fact the Tractor Boys must be ruing the day they allowed McGoldrick to leave – for nothing, no less.

A quiet start to life at United kicked into life at the end of September with four goals in as many matches. McGoldrick scored the winner against Preston North End, Millwall and Hull City during that time. Those strikes earned the Blades an extra eight points.

Following another quiet spell in front of goal, McGoldrick was again invaluable over the busy festive period. During a traditionally congested time for fixtures in English football, the forward netted five times in six games from December 14 to January 12.

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Not only is McGoldrick scoring on a consistent basis but they are also important goals. Four of the five games in which he found the back of the net United went onto win.

Yet McGoldrick shouldn’t be judged purely on his statistics. The former Ipswich man’s work rate and unselfish runs has allowed others in the team to flourish. When McGoldrick was struggling to score, Blades fans were still singing his praises as a result.

There is no better example of someone who has benefited from this than Billy Sharp. The United captain has enjoyed one of most prolific seasons in front of goal for some time, scoring 16 times in the league already.

Sharp and McGoldrick have formed a strong partnership upfront and if Wilder’s men are to be promoted to the Premier League that will have played a huge part.

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