Sheffield United: Sky Blues consider Danny deal

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COVENTRY City, who visit Sheffield United tomorrow night as the race for promotion reaches a critical phase in League One, are contemplating signing ex-Blades striker Danny Philliskirk.

The one-time Chelsea apprentice is on trial with the Sky Blues, having left United by mutual consent last week.

Oldham-born Philliskirk, the son of former Blades forward Tony, who made 80 appearances for the club in the 1980s, impressed as Coventry’s Under-21 side beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 on Monday and is highly regarded by Sky Blues boss Mark Robins.

“He’s not lightening quick but he’s quick enough, creates chances and generally will score a goal,” he said. “Danny’s just not had a run of games but we’ll assess him. He’s an intelligent footballer and I want to have good footballers in and around the club who can be effective in any system that we play.”

It was in the summer of 2011 Philliskirk was released by Chelsea. He ended the 2010-11 season on loan at Bramall Lane.

After making a permanent move to South Yorkshire, he started just once last term in United’s 2-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy triumph at Burton Albion. He also featured twice as a substitute at Hartlepool United and Rotherham United before being farmed out on loan to Oxford United for the second time in his career.

But Philliskirk continued to find first-team opportunities hard to come by at United, making just two appearances this season.

Robins is looking to bring in reinforcements before the transfer window for permanent signings closes at 11pm tonight and has not ruled out signing Philliskirk until the end of the season.

“Danny had a move from Oldham to Chelsea for fairly big money for his age and it didn’t quite work out for him,” said Robins. “He then went to Sheffield where again it didn’t work out and he’s eager to earn a contract somewhere. I’m having a look at him.”

Coventry are in eighth position, four points shy of the play-off placings.