DANNY Wilson has revealed that no-one has asked to leave Bramall Lane following Sheffield United’s relegation from the Championship last term.
But despite dampening fears there will be a mass exodus of talent, the South Yorkshire club still concede that high earners such as Ched Evans and Darius Henderson are likely to depart before their League One campaign begins at Oldham Athletic on August 6.
Wilson, who took charge when United dispensed with Micky Adams’s services last month, has spent the past three weeks canvassing opinion among senior players aimed at discovering those determined to quit rather than face the harsh realities of life in English football’s third tier.
The process is set to be concluded before July 9’s friendly at Sheffield FC and Wilson is delighted with the response so far: “Nobody has told me they want to leave. And that’s good news. I’m not pretending there aren’t going to be changes or that means they’ll all be staying here with us because that wouldn’t be right.
“I’m not going to lie to supporters or make them false promises.
“If others come in with offers then some of those lads may well want to look closely at them.
“But it does show that we’ve got a strong and committed group which is a great starting point.
“We have people who are ready to work hard to try to do well.”
United, who signed former Swindon Town defender Jean-Francois Lescinel earlier this week, will continue re-shaping their options when Danny Philliskirk’s arrival from Chelsea is officially rubber-stamped shortly.
Billy Dearden is also poised to be unveiled as chief scout.
With teenage striker Jordan Slew yet to decide whether he will put pen to paper on the contract he agreed towards the end of last season, Wilson would prefer to complete his overhaul of the squad he inherited before United’s visit to Boundary Park.
However, with firm bids for the likes of Evans and Henderson yet to materialise, he could still be buying and selling when they face Yeovil Town on August 27 - a frustrating prospect given the fact he wants to establish firm foundations after 12 months of flux behind the scenes at Bramall Lane.