Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has given an update on the players expected to leave the club during the January transfer window.
There were originally five told they were surplus to requirements at Bramall Lane. However, Richard Stearman has since joined Huddersfield Town, while Ben Heneghan has extended his loan at Blackpool until the end of the season.
With Heneghan’s contract with the Blades expiring in the summer, the defender will not play for Wilder’s side again.
It means there are three remaining whom the 52-year-old is looking to move on. They are Kean Bryan, Leon Clarke and Jake Wright.
Bryan and Clarke have been in the first team squad all term following promotion to the Premier League. Yet aside from a 13-minute cameo for Clarke against Liverpool in September, both have been limited to appearances in cup competitions.
Meanwhile, Wright spent the first half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Bolton Wanderers. But the League One team decided not to extend his stay.
What next for these Sheffield United players in January?
With game time expected to be limited if they remain, Bryan, Clarke and Wright need to find themselves new clubs before the end of the month.
“For Kean there is an opportunity for him to go out on loan,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield. “Ben Heneghan went out this week and Jake Wright is back from Bolton and will go out this window as well.
“The quicker those bits get done the better it is for them and me. Then we can concentrate on the group who are going to take us through for the rest of the season.”
On Clarke, Wilder added: “There’s two options. We could come to a settlement and compromise on his contract, or a club comes in for him and wants to take him on loan. It’s important for Leon that he gets some football.”