DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night admitted he will be “desperately disappointed” if Jordan Slew does not accept the club’s latest contract offer.
Slew, one of the stars of United’s march into the 2011 FA Youth Cup Final, has refused to commit his future to Bramall Lane since being the subject of a failed bid from Fulham earlier this year.
But United, whose preparations for the forthcoming League One campaign begin in earnest with a pre-season friendly at Sheffield FC today, hope a matter which threatens to cast a shadow over their summer will be resolved before Wilson’s squad establish a warm-weather training camp on Malta towards the end of next week.
“We’ve tabled a fantastic offer to Jordan and his representative,” Wilson told The Star.
“And I would be very surprised if it wasn’t accepted, desperately disappointed even. I don’t mind saying that.
“When I say ‘a fantastic offer’, I don’t just mean money. I mean in terms of the whole package in general - the opportunities he will enjoy here and the positive effects we think that will have on his career.”
Sources close to United say officials are unaware of any further approach from Fulham since rejecting a £500,000 offer soon after their relegation from the Championship was confirmed.
Wilson, who took charge when Micky Adams paid the ultimate price for failing to prevent United from sliding into English football’s third tier, added: “Jordan has got to trust us and what we are telling him.
“He has to trust Sheffield United football club, the staff we have here and his teammates.
“I’m hopeful we are moving towards a conclusion and that everything will be sorted out within the next few days, certainly by the end of the week.”