Alex Davey has returned to Chelsea following his trial at Bramall Lane.
Davey started Sheffield United’s victory over Handsworth Parramore last week but returned to Stamford Bridge after being informed he would not be offered a contract by the League One club.
“Alex is back with Chelsea,” Chris Wilder, the United manager, said. “He’s a good lad. We thank him for his time and also Chelsea for allowing him to come here and work with us.”
United will press ahead with their search for defensive reinforcements following Davey’s departure. But Wilder, whose team begins the new season at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, concedes some of his transfer-listed players must depart before United can fill all of the vacancies which exist within his first team squad. A central midfielder, to provide cover for Chris Basham and John Fleck, remains a priority while a winger also features on United’s wanted-list.
Martyn Woolford, one of Nigel Adkins’ headline signings, was told he can leave United following Wilder’s appointment in May. Dean Hammond, another of his predecessor’s recruits, has also been axed by the 48-year-old despite recently triggering a clause entitling him to a 12 month contract.
Davey, aged 21, was invited north as part of Wilder’s plan to forge closer relationships with top-flight clubs.
“Obviously the loan system has been changed but that suits us anyway,” he said. “I’ve always preferred getting people through the door for six or nine months, getting them properly integrated into the club and everything else that’s going on.”