STEPHEN Quinn is the man of the moment at Bramall Lane.
The influential midfielder has been a revelation in League One and featured prominently in Sheffield United’s superb start to life in the third tier of English football.
The Irishman, who has claimed five assists, was the subject of a bid, thought to be in the region of £250,000, from Blackpool on transfer deadline day last week but United turned it down.
Indeed, manager Danny Wilson described the offer from the Championship outfit for Quinn as “pathetic” and “embarrassing”.
So, against all odds, United held on to one of their top performers and it was no major surprise the left-footed player starred in United’s comprehensive 4-0 victory over Bury last weekend.
Like Quinn, Harry Maguire is a product of the club’s Shirecliffe youth system and the talented centre-back is delighted his team mate is staying put.
“Stephen is a real talent; he is probably one of the best players in the league,” Maguire told The Star. “We need to keep hold of our best players and we have done a great job in keeping him.
“Hopefully he will keep proving why all the clubs are looking at him and why he is such a great talent. Stephen has got so much passion for the club. United rate him highly and that’s why they have turned down bids.
“Stephen was excellent towards the end of last year and I think he has picked up three man of the matches already this year so he has been different class.”
United slashed their wage bill by offloading strikers Daniel Bogdanovic and Jordan Slew to Blackpool and Blackburn respectively.
Maguire is tipping Slew to make a big impact in the top flight, saying: “He’s a good player and has got lots of potential. Jordan thought it was the best move for him and I wish him the best of the luck and hopefully he will do well.
“He scores goals, got real pace and knows where the back of the net is but we have got other options and I’m sure we will do well without him.”
Scunthorpe United, who host Wilson’s side on Saturday, will be without Michael Collins, who is ruled out with an achilles problem.