SHEFFIELD UNITED: Two-year deal good for us and Kevin McDonald - Danny Wilson

Staying put: Kevin McDonald, right, training in Malta with John Cofie .               Picture: richard batho/sheffield united
Staying put: Kevin McDonald, right, training in Malta with John Cofie . Picture: richard batho/sheffield united
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KEVIN McDonald has made the correct decision to end speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Sheffield United, manager Danny Wilson insisted last night.

Facing an uncertain future in the game after being released by Burnley, McDonald has rediscovered the form which once attracted interest from top-flight clubs in both England and Scotland since arriving at Bramall Lane.

Wilson, who 12 months ago was responsible for offering the midfielder a lifeline following an unsuccessful trial with Doncaster Rovers, told The Star: “Kevin has been very good for us but I also think Sheffield United has been very good for Kevin.

“Sheffield United, at this stage of his career, is the right club for him and so it’s good to hear a player speak in those terms I have to say.

“He was in a bit of a difficult place when he came here and he isn’t now so there’s something here that clearly works for him.

“We like to try and play to his strengths it’s a good fit.

“Whether or not he would have got that right now at a Championship club? Possibly not? I don’t know.

“What I do know is that we want to get there with him.”

McDonald, aged 23, officially penned his new two year deal before Wednesday’s draw with Hibernians. The former Scotland under-21 international admitted telling his he wanted to stay despite receiving several approaches from elsewhere.

“It was excellent news for us because we’ve all seen what Kevin is capable of and, if we had not have been able to keep him, then I’ve got to say he would have been very difficult to replace,” Wilson said.

“But he’s a young lad and I still think - he won’t mind me saying this either - that there are areas where he can really improve.

“Macca has got the potential to go on and become an outstanding player.

“He’s a damn good one now but, with the ability he has, I’ve got to say he can go on and be absolutely excellent.”

“One area where Kevin can improve is his concentration,” Wilson added.

“He does have a tendancy to drift at times in matches but that’s something he can work on and that can be rectified.

“I’m delighted that’s he’s staying with us, I really am, because you know what he can bring to the table and the technique that he’s got.”