Sheffield United may be on lockdown but contract talks with both John Lundstram and Oliver Norwood have progressed.
The Sheffield Star reports that the club are using video conferencing tools, such as Skype and Zoom, to stay in touch with the players.
That includes continuing to discuss new deals with Lundstram and Norwood – who are the next from the first team squad expected to pen contract extensions.
Manager Chris Wilder appreciates that the postponement of professional football in England due to the coronavirus pandemic will slow down negotiations.
Yet that doesn’t mean that the Blades aren’t still having them with Lundstram and Norwood. Wilder is also confident Chris Basham will be the next to follow suit after the duo when talks with the defender begin later this year.
The details of Sheffield United contract talks
United have been in discussions with Lundstram about a new deal for a number of months. As things stand, the 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of June.
In normal circumstances that may have caused an issue, with it currently unclear whether the 2019/20 season will extend beyond June 30 when it resumes.
However, Wilder has already revealed that Lundstram has a 12-month extension written into his deal which the club plan to activate.
That will keep the midfielder at Bramall Lane until at least 2021, but then these new contract talks hope to extend that even further.
As for Norwood, he has been open about the fact he wants to sign a new deal in South Yorkshire. The 28-year-old’s current contract expires in 2021, but he says he wants to potentially stay with the Blades for the rest of his career.
Along with Basham, the trio would follow in the footsteps of other teammates in committing their futures to United. John Fleck and Enda Stevens have recently signed new deals.