Sheffield United: Goalkeepers set to learn their Lane fates

Robbie Crawford impressed manager Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Robbie Crawford impressed manager Nigel Clough � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Iain Turner and Ross Atkins will discover if they have been awarded a Sheffield United contract later this week, writes James Shield.

But Nigel Clough, the League One club’s manager, last night confirmed that Robbie Crawford will not be returning to Bramall Lane despite impressing during a pre-season trial.

As The Star revealed earlier this month, Turner and Atkins had been invited to audition for a place in Clough’s squad after fellow goalkeeper George Long joined Oxford United on loan.

“We’ll be making a decision on Iain and Ross pretty soon,” Clough, whose side host Mansfield Town in the Capital One Cup tonight, said. “What we’ll probably do is bring one of them in on a short-term contract until Christmas and then see where we go from there.”

Both Atkins and Turner are free agents after parting company with Derby County and Barnsley respectively.

“We could probably do with a little bit more experience in there,” Clough said. “The players themselves will be the first to know what we’re doing.”

Crawford, previously of Glasgow Rangers and Ayr, featured for United during warm-up fixtures against Burton Albion, Northampton Town and Fenerbahce.

“Robbie isn’t with us anymore,” Clough said. “But that’s only because he’s a midfielder and we’ve got so many options in that department.

“He did well though and fitted in with the rest of the lads so if we can do anything to help him in the future then of course we will.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1