Paddy McCarthy has provided Sheffield United with personal assurance that he will return to Bramall Lane on loan, The Star can reveal.
Manager Nigel Clough last night confirmed the Crystal Palace centre-half is poised to sign another agreement with the League One club following Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Crewe Alexandra after recently completing a month in South Yorkshire.
Although officials at Selhurst Park had already given United permission to retain McCarthy’s services until the New Year, the deal hinged upon whether Clough could persuade the player himself to commit after previously expressing reservations about being separated from his family in London.
“Paddy has told us that he wants to come back,” Clough said. “And that was the key to the whole thing.
“We know Paddy had a few things he wanted to get straight and sorted out. We completely understand and knew exactly where he was coming from.
“So to get the nod from him is great because it goes to show he likes being here. That he’s enjoyed his time around the place.”
“Paddy is a quality defender and a terrific character and professional,” Clough added. “Neil (Warnock) at Palace has been brilliant and there are things we can do to make the situation easier for the lad.
“Because Neil is someone we trust and who knows what he’s doing, we’re happy for Paddy to train down there in the week and then come up to us later on. He’s an experienced operator who you can rely on to do the right things.
“Then, he can get the train up and spend the night before the game in the hotel at our ground. It’s only a couple of hours away and he’s fitted in brilliantly with the rest of the lads.”
Clough, who could also sign a striker on loan before this weekend’s first round contest, said: “The paperwork should get sorted out soon.”