Kevin set to get second crack at United contract

Determined: Kevin McDonald hopes to join Sheffield United after being released by Burnley.  Picture: Steve Parkin
Determined: Kevin McDonald hopes to join Sheffield United after being released by Burnley. Picture: Steve Parkin
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KEVIN McDonald is expected to feature against Blackpool this weekend as the former Burnley midfielder looks to earn a permanent contract at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United play the final game of their pre-season schedule when Ian Holloway’s side visit South Yorkshire on Sunday.

And having been encouraged by McDonald’s performance during the recent meeting with Doncaster Rovers, manager Danny Wilson confirmed: “Kevin did well and hopefully he’ll be involved again for us in our next match.

“There were times when you could tell he was trying too hard – when he was forcing his passing a little bit – but that’s inevitable given the situation.

“He wanted to impress.”

Wilson, who dispatched McDonald in to action midway through the 1-0 defeat, added: “Kevin has got a big physical presence out there.

“You could see that straight away but he’s also a good footballer.

“There’s a possibility we might do something.

“We’ll just have to see.

“It’s still only a possibility at this stage.”

Wilson had hoped to assess another potential signing - Iain Turner - in action against Rovers but confirmed the goalkeeper had withdrawn from the match because “He’s got two other offers on the table.”

That could pave the way for former Hull City stalwart Matt Duke to face Blackpool following brief spell with Rochdale.

“Iain asked to be withdrawn and that’s understandable,” Wilson explained.

“He didn’t want to take the risk of getting injured.

“He’s got two options but we could still be in the frame depending upon what happens.”

Wilson and his assistant Frank Barlow watched United reserves beaten 2-1 by Alfreton on Wednesday evening.

Erik Tonne was on target against the Blue Square Premier Division outfit while Danny Philliskirk hit the woodwork twice.

Australian Jimmy Oates played an hour after being invited to train with United.

He has previously represented Manly and Central Coast Mariners.