Blades hold talks before completing released list

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SHEFFIELD United are in the process of finalising their list of released players following Danny Wilson’s appointment as manager.

United’s squad are scheduled to report back for duty at the end of the month when preparations for next season’s League One campaign will begin in earnest.

Although several players, including defender Rob Kozluk, are poised to become free agents, the possibility exists that some could be offered new contracts when Wilson has fully assessed the options at his disposal.

Micky Adams, the former Northern Ireland international’s predecessor, is understood to be interested in at least two members of the squad which was relegated last season.

Adams returned to Port Vale after failing to preserve United’s npower Championship status.

“Things are having to be done a little bit back to front because of recent events,” a source, referring to the timing of Wilson’s appointment, said. “Discussions are on-going with various people and when those have taken place the picture will be a lot clearer.”

Speaking before the second leg of last month’s FA Youth Cup final, academy director John Pemberton admitted that at least one of those who featured on the team sheet at Old Trafford had been informed they would be declared surplus to requirements.

“Football can be a cruel business,” Pemberton said. “Some of them will have careers with us, some know they will be going after the game.

“That it is possibly going to be their last appearance for us.”