Wilson seeks defensive option

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DANNY Wilson is pushing ahead with the desire to strengthen his squad with specific emphasis on defensive recruitment whilst hoping he can retain his key players.

The Sheffield United boss has acknowledged that he would like to keep players such as Nick Montgomery and Stephen Quinn beyond the August 31 transfer window although he has admitted at least one more high earner is likely to have to leave to allow inward movement.

But the Blades boss has hinted that ways were being explored of bolstering the squad which lacks cover in key areas.

There are players still awaiting confirmation over whether they have a future at the club, among them Rob Kozluk and the on-trial trio of midfielder Kevin McDonald, goalkeeper Matt Duke and defender Alex Kruk.

Certainly retention of Kozluk - who made ten appearances last season - would provide an additional defender and Wilson is keen to add defensively. This is an area where he is ‘light’ and whilst changes were made elsewhere at Hartlepool on Tuesday, he had little option but to retain the same back four that played at Oldham.

Regarding those players awaiting a decision, Wilson said: “I’ve spoken to all of the lads concerned and kept them up to date with what’s going on,” Wilson said. “They know exactly what the situation is.”

Meanwhile, Wilson has praised his penalty-takers up at Hartlepool saying that he didn’t have to ask for volunteers... “the arms were up and that shows the spirit there is,” he said.

Richard Cresswell, Neil Collins, Nick Montgomery, Matt Lowton and Danny Philliskirk (with the decider) clinched it 5-4 with Stephen Quinn the unfortunate one to miss.

United meet Brentford - now managed by ex-Man city man Uwe Rosler - at Bramall Lane on Saturday with Walsall as the visitors next Tuesday.