Sheffield United will not be making any new contract offers to players until the future of Chris Wilder is decided.
That’s according to Yorkshire Live, who report that Kean Bryan could be in line for a new deal.
Bryan is one of several in the first team squad set to become a free agent at the end of this season as things stand.
Phil Jagielka, John Lundstram, Simon Moore and Jack Rodwell will also be out of contract this summer.
Lundstram is almost certain to leave having already rejected the offer of a new deal earlier in 2020/21.
Moore is also likely to depart having not played at all this term and previously being deemed surplus to requirements.
It’s a similar story with Rodwell, while Jagielka could potentially be offered another short-term contract – but will be 39-years-old in August.
When could Sheffield United contract offers restart?
Clearly there are still some doubts about whether Wilder will be manager next campaign.
Rumours have emerged recently that this season will be the 53-year-old’s last in charge at Bramall Lane.
Apparently the relationship between Wilder and the club’s hierarchy has broken down over the course of this term.
The Blades boss does appeared to have publicly criticised the board in recent weeks on topics ranging from transfers to the club’s planned new training facility.
Yet contrasting reports say that while there is tension between Wilder and the owners, he is still viewed as the right man to lead United forwards.
With that in mind, pre-season plans ahead of a likely return to the Championship in 2021/22 have already begun.
But until it’s settled that Wilder is definitely staying – or leaving – no new contract offers will be made.