Left-back Danny Grainger has claimed managerless Sheffield United have offered him a footballing lifeline following his departure from Hearts.
The defender has said on Twitter he will join in with the rest of the United squad for pre-season training, having been deemed surplus to requirements by the Tynecastle club.
Hearts opted not to renew Grainger’s deal which expired last month.
However, if the 25-year-old is to be offered a permanent contract at Bramall Lane, he will have to prove his fitness to the club’s medical team. Grainger, regarded as a set piece specialist, has not played since November after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Hearts’ clash with Motherwell.
It is understood Carlisle-born Grainger, who has previously played for Gretna, Brechin, Dundee United and St Johnstone, has moved back to Cumbria.
United, meanwhile, will travel to Bury for a pre-season friendly on Saturday July 13, kick-off 3pm. The Shakers, managed by former Blades chief Kevin Blackwell, yesterday appointed Ronnie Jepson as their new assistant manager.