MATTHEW Lowton is poised to end speculation about his future by signing a new contract, Sheffield United have revealed.
Danny Wilson, the League One club’s manager, confirmed positive talks have taken place with Lowton aimed at extending his stay at Bramall Lane ahead of tonight’s friendly against Doncaster Rovers.
Wilson, who predicted Lowton could put pen to paper as early as next week, hopes United’s ability to retain the services of a player reportedly interesting the likes of Leicester City and Ipswich Town will send an important message to supporters disillusioned by the departure of youngsters such as Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton in recent seasons.
Earlier this month Lowton’s team mate Jordan Slew agreed an extension to his deal despite being courted by Fulham: “We don’t want to see our up-and-coming lads getting poached,” said Wilson. “Being realistic you’re never able to keep a hold of everybody but we don’t want to become known as a selling club.
“Where possible we want them to grow and develop with us.
“That’s why I’m delighted with what’s happened with Matty and also Jordan too.”
Although exact details of United’s offer to Lowton remain unclear, it is believed to tie him to South Yorkshire until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
United, who conclude their pre-season schedule against Blackpool on Sunday, are set to include trialists Kevin McDonald, Iain Turner and Alex Kruk in the squad which entertain’s Sean O’Driscoll’s men.
“It certainly should be an interesting game,” Wilson said.