DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night admitted the uncertainty surrounding Ched Evans’ future must be resolved “as quickly as possible” to avoid casting a shadow over the South Yorkshire club’s preparations for the new League One campaign.
Despite being linked with a move away from Bramall Lane following United’s relegation from the Championship, the Wales striker has not joined his teammates for warm-weather training in Malta.
Evans, reportedly United’s highest earner following a £3 million move from Manchester City two years ago, is understood to interest Leicester City, Cardiff and Middlesbrough.
But a series of off-the-pitch matters have so far delayed his departure, with Wilson, speaking ahead of yesterday’s friendly with Sliema Wanderers, hinting there is a possibility Evans could still be available for selection when United begin the 2011/12 season with a visit to Oldham Athletic next month.
“The situation needs to be sorted out one way or another as quickly as possible,” Wilson said. “We all need to know where we are likely to stand so we can get on with things one way or the other. That’s not a criticism of anybody. It’s just stating fact.
“If Ched is going to leave then I’m sure he’d like to know where his future is sooner rather than later. Likewise, we want to know if he’s going to be on his way or staying with us because that could change some of the things we do.”