SHEFFIELD United last night officially confirmed Jordan Slew is staying at Bramall Lane next season.
Contrary to reports, the teenage striker had not signed his new two-year contract when Danny Wilson’s squad gathered for their final training session yesterday before travelling to Malta.
But sources at the League One club told The Star that Slew, who rose to prominence when he helped United reach the 2010 FA Youth Cup final, did put pen to paper before boarding the flight to the Mediterranean.
“We haven’t dotted the ‘i’s or crossed the ‘t’s yet but it seems certain that Jordan is still with us,” one said.
“It’s excellent news because he is quite clearly someone with a huge amount of potential.”
Slew was the subject of a £500,000 offer from Fulham after scoring twice in eight senior appearances last term.
“Danny and Jordan got on really well when they sat down and talked things through,” the source added.
“There is still lots for the lad to learn and he’s not the finished article yet by any means.
“But Danny is really looking forward to working with him and helping him continue his footballing education here with us. It’s best that, at this stage of his career, Jordan plays games and gets the know how that comes from doing that.”
Slew’s decision not only represents a major victory for Wilson and his board of directors but also marks the end of a saga which had threatened to cast a shadow over their rebuilding plans for the new campaign.
With the 18-year-old’s future now secure, United can press ahead with their search for an experienced centre-forward capable of easing the burden of responsibility placed upon Richard Cresswell’s shoulders following Darius Henderson’s move to Millwall.
Ched Evans, who cost £3 million when he arrived from Manchester City in July 2009, is also being pushed towards the exit door.
United’s hierarchy are looking to reduce their wage bill after being relegated from the Championship last term.
Like Slew, Danny Philliskirk, whose loan switch from Chelsea was made permanent recently, is an exciting young talent.
But if, as expected, Evans departs then Wilson could be tempted to bolster his attack with another a tried and tested option.