Two more Sheffield United players have extended their stay at the club, with Oliver Norwood and Billy Sharp signing new contracts.
Norwood now has a deal keeping him at Bramall Lane until 2023, while Sharp has penned a deal until 2022.
It comes after both John Fleck and Enda Stevens signed new long-term contracts with the Blades this year. Manager Chris Wilder has hinted that more will soon follow suit.
“We’ve had an outstanding season and obviously we want to keep that going, but there will always be medium and long-term plans,” Wilder told the club’s website.
“I’m delighted that Stephen (Bettis, CEO) and the board have cemented my vision of those boys and the others we intend to get nailed down in the near future.”
The players expected to sign new contracts at Sheffield United next
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There are three more players being lined up for new deals in the near future. This is separate from those being offered temporary extensions so they can conclude the 2019/20 season.
John Egan publicly revealed in March that he has also begun talks. This admission came shortly after the defender’s international teammate, Stevens, had signed until 2023.
However, the coronavirus pandemic put a temporary halt to negotiations. Yet with Premier League football returning on June 17, United have clearly reopened discussions.
Egan’s current contract doesn’t expire until 2022. But the Blades are still keen to reward his performances with a new one.
Another who is expected to be in line for a new deal is Chris Basham. Basham is about to enter the final year of his current contract with the club, but is someone else who has been instrumental this term with his performances.
Finally, there is the ongoing issue with John Lundstram. Lundstram has been in talks about a new deal for several months after making an explosive start to the campaign.
The midfielder has been the surprise package for United, scoring four goals and providing three assists this season. Lundstram is out of contract this summer, but has a 12-month extension that the Blades plan to activate.
Negotiations have gone on far longer than expected and Wilder is said to have grown frustrated.
It’s expected both Egan and Basham will commit their futures to the club soon, while there is still some debate about whether Lundstram will join them.