Hoskins delays Lane discussions

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WILL Hoskins will delay talks about his long-term future until the end of the season in order to focus on trying to win Sheffield United promotion.

The on-loan centre-forward marked his debut for Danny Wilson’s side with a goal during Saturday’s emphatic victory over Wycombe Wanderers.

Hoskins pointedly refused to rule-out joining United on a permanent basis after helping them climb to third in the League One table ahead of tomorrow’s match with fourth-placed Huddersfield Town.

But he said: “I don’t want to think about anything other than football at the moment. I want all my efforts and energies to be focused on trying to get us up. That is the most important and only aim.”

Hoskins, who is scheduled to return to Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of the season, broke Wanderers’ resistance with a predatory strike just minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Ched Evans and Kevin McDonald were also on target as United climbed above Lee Clark’s side and moved to within a point of arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday who occupy the second automatic promotion spot. Nottingham-born Hoskins added: “I feel at home here. I’m only half an hour away from my family and, in my mind, I wanted to come here straight away when the opportunity arose.

“We’ll see what happens in the summer. No doubt everything will work itself out then.”