SHEFFIELD United have opened contract negotiations with Kevin McDonald, manager Danny Wilson revealed last night.
The midfielder has emerged as an instrumental figure in Wilson’s plans since arriving at Bramall Lane last year but is scheduled to become a free agent this summer.
Confirming exploratory talks have begun with McDonald and his representative, Wilson told The Star: “We’re having discussions with Kevin about getting something sorted-out.
“Obviously, it goes without saying that I’d like him to stay and so hopefully we can come to an agreement.
“I think we suit Kevin and Kevin suits us.
“He seems to be enjoying himself. That certainly seems to come across in the way he’s been performing.
“It’s early days but the aim is to try and reach an agreement.”
McDonald joined United after being released by Burnley at the end of last season.
However, it was not until August that he put pen to paper on a 12 month deal following plc chairman Kevin McCabe’s decision to make the necessary funding available.
McDonald, a former Scotland under-21 international, has made 24 appearances for Wilson’s side and his partnership with Michael Doyle has been a driving force behind United’s march into the League One play-off positions.
McDonald’s compatriot David Weir, previously of Glasgow Rangers, has spent the past fortnight training at Shirecliffe after severing his ties with Ibrox.
United, whose game at Colchester on Saturday was postponed due to a frozen pitch, return to action when Wycombe Wanderers visit South Yorkshire this weekend.
Wilson said: “We’d have much rather have played but, unfortunately, at this time of the season it’s something we are going to have to live with.
“There’s no point in getting all down in the mouth about the disruption. I know Colchester tried ever so hard to try and make sure the match could go ahead but unfortunately it wasn’t possible.
“You just have to get on with things and deal with the challenges that are put in front of you.
“Who knows, we might even lose some more to the weather .”