Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder issues an update over John Lundstram's contract situation as midfielder nears final six months of his Blades deal
He has established himself as one of Chris Wilder's key men in Sheffield United's impressive start to life back in the Premier League.
And manager Wilder today revealed that talks are ongoing with John Lundstram over a new contract at Bramall Lane, along with a number of his teammates ahead of Saturday's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Lundstram's case is perhaps the most pressing, as his original contract - signed when he was plucked from Oxford United in a £800,000 deal - expires this summer.
But, as The Star revealed recently, United are also set to invite Enda Stevens and John Egan, the wing-back's Republic of Ireland teammate, to the negotiating table in moves designed to both reward players for their impressive performances this season, and also protect United's investment.
Asked about Lundstram, Wilder said: "Talks are ongoing with two or three players. We're always looking to reward the players if they perform and we're one of the lowest payers in the league, as a club.
"That's with no disrespect; we've set up to be that way. We had the seventh lowest budget in the Championship and we got into the Premier League, but we can't go from one number to another really quickly. If we get there, it'll take time.
"With John, it's more of a reward for his performances but - with no disrespect, and I don't want this to happen - but we don't want to lose anyone like the situation with David Brooks.
"I can't look a player in the eye when the number goes from one to a much higher one overnight. That situation has happened before and will happen again to all clubs, if the big boys come knocking."
Although all members of Wilder's first-team squad received pay increases when they secured promotion from the Championship back in April, they will still be amongst the lowest-paid players in the Premier League - where the average salary is thought to be well in excess of £60,000 a week.
“We’ve got to keep trying to drive things forward,” Wilder added. “It’s a ruthless business and you can’t stand still. Otherwise, you get overtaken.”