SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades unveil Richard Cresswell the coach

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RICHARD Cresswell will be officially unveiled as Sheffield United’s new player-coach later this week.

The Star can confirm that Cresswell, who had been heavily linked with a move away from Bramall Lane during the transfer window, has provisionally accepted an offer to join Danny Wilson’s backroom staff.

The deal is also expected to mean the former Leeds and Stoke City striker will be declared available for selection ahead of Saturday’s League One fixture against AFC Bournemouth.

Cresswell has not featured in competitive action since last season’s play-off final defeat by Huddersfield Town.

“Richard has got bags of experience, he’s performed at the highest level and is a valued member of the squad,” a source told this newspaper last night. “In this new role he’ll be able to pass on all of the knowledge he has acquired throughout his career to his colleagues.

“Everyone should benefit from that, not least the youngsters.”

News of Cresswell’s decision will disappoint Scunthorpe who, despite claims to the contrary, had hoped to lure him to Glanford Park before Friday’s deadline for new signings.

However, midfielder Nick Montgomery still appears destined for the exit door, with Leeds, Huddersfield Town, Burnley, Blackpool and Millwall monitoring his situation closely.

Like Cresswell, Montgomery has yet to make an appearance for United during the 2012/13 campaign.

Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill recently admitted to being “an admirer” of Cresswell but revealed financial considerations could force him to look elsewhere.