NICK Montgomery, Sheffield United’s longest serving player, will not be ostracised if he fails to secure a move away from Bramall Lane before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Kevin McCabe, the South Yorkshire club’s owner and plc chairman, made the pledge despite acknowledging it would “make sense” for Montgomery to depart.
Leeds, Huddersfield Town, Burnley, Blackpool and Millwall have all monitored the 30-year-old in recent weeks.
McCabe, who refuted suggestions he has instructed manager Danny Wilson not to select Montgomery, also confirmed Richard Cresswell has been offered a new role.
“In Monty’s case its true to say that he - as a model pro and great guy - recognises a move would make sense and combined efforts are being made to sort something out,” McCabe said.
“If we don’t, then Monty will stay and I’m sure be in the first-team squad. He’s the first to admit that, with injuries affecting him over the last couple of seasons, his performances are not what we’ve come to expect from the club’s skipper. But, rest assured ,he’s fit as a fiddle again.”
Montgomery has made over 350 league appearances for United since progressing through the youth ranks in October 2000.
McCabe added: “Richard Cresswell is taking up a new position of player/coach as he’s a model pro who can still turn in first-team performances but also use his experience - he’s got all the badges - to bring through the young stars at Shirecliffe. I’m sure this move alone will dispel the silly myth about not selecting players for financial reasons.”
United will look to preserve their unbeaten start to the new League One season against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
McCabe said: “Under Danny the quality of football we’re now witnessing at Bramall Lane and on our away jaunts will bring us our deserved success of getting back to the Championship as a stepping stone upwards to the Premiership.”