Sheffield United: Lifeline for left back

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Left-back Danny Grainger has claimed managerless Sheffield United have offered him a footballing lifeline following his departure from Hearts.

The defender has said on Twitter he will join in with the rest of the United squad for pre-season training, having been deemed surplus to requirements by the Tynecastle club.

Hearts opted not to renew Grainger’s deal which expired last month.

However, if the 25-year-old is to be offered a permanent contract at Bramall Lane, he will have to prove his fitness to the club’s medical team. Grainger, regarded as a set piece specialist, has not played since November after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Hearts’ clash with Motherwell.

It is understood Carlisle-born Grainger, who has previously played for Gretna, Brechin, Dundee United and St Johnstone, has moved back to Cumbria.

United, meanwhile, will travel to Bury for a pre-season friendly on Saturday July 13, kick-off 3pm. The Shakers, managed by former Blades chief Kevin Blackwell, yesterday appointed Ronnie Jepson as their new assistant manager.