David Parkhouse could have played his last game for Sheffield United after joining Stevenage on loan until the end of the season.
Parkhouse’s current contract with the Blades expires in the summer. The striker has rejected the offer of extending that by a further year.
The 20-year-old is now considering his options. That’s because he doesn’t think he will get the first team opportunities he wants if he remains at Bramall Lane.
The Derry Journal reports Celtic have contacted Parkhouse’s agent about the prospect of joining them. The youngster can sign a pre-contract agreement with the Scottish champions as of this month.
Both Blackburn Rovers and Everton are also interested in Parkhouse and have made approaches regarding his availability.
Why Parkhouse has left Sheffield United
With the Northern Ireland Under-21 international out of contract at the end of this term and on loan with Stevenage until then, he may well have played his last match for United.
Parkhouse moves to League Two’s bottom-placed side after a successful 10-month loan spell with Derry City in 2019. The forward finished the campaign as their top scorer with 19 goals in all competitions.
This form also earned him a place in the League of Ireland team of the year. So it is easy to see why the Blades were keen to keep Parkhouse at the club for a little longer. But the forward isn’t keen.
Now the Northern Irishman is ready for a new challenge.
“I came back in December to Sheffield, trained a bit, got my fitness back and I obviously got a few (Under-23s) games under my belt and I was just weighing up options between clubs,” Parkhouse told the Stevenage website.
“I then found out about Stevenage and knew the manager was interested in me. There was interest from a few other places but it just felt right to come here and I’m glad to be here now.”