Double joy at Sheffield United: Maguire signs new deal and Blades win on the road

Preston NE....Sheffield Utd.....GOAL...Matt phillips celebrates his first strike
Preston NE....Sheffield Utd.....GOAL...Matt phillips celebrates his first strike
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson had a double celebration today - his side won at Preston last night and Harry Maguire, the club’s promising teenage centre-half, has committed his future to Bramall Lane.

Maguire, who has started all of United’s fixtures this season, put pen to paper on a new contract before last night’s 4-2 victory at North End.

Jordan Slew, another squad member which reached the FA Youth Cup final in May, completed a transfer deadline day move to Blackburn Rovers only weeks after penning a new deal. But Wilson dismissed claims that Maguire, who is now tied to United until 2015, is also destined for the exit door.

“The good thing is that football is now at the forefront of Harry’s mind,” he said.

“He can concentrate totally on that. We want to develop him as a quality player for us.”

United won their re-arranged fixture at Deepdale courtesy of braces from Matt Phillips and substitute Lee Williamson.

Billy Clarke, who like Phillips has joined on a month long loan from Blackpool, also impressed after being handed his first start.

“Matt gives us something that we haven’t already got. He gives us a different option,” Wilson said.

“He showed quality going forward but he’s also a good team player too. He tracks back.

“Billy is as bright as a button. He plays in that little pocket where I love to see a forward going.

“We changed things around a bit here but there are times when you have to rely on the experience and the ability of your squad.”