SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades are banking on Stephen Quinn’s success

Stephen Quinn: The former Sheffield United star has been a big hit for Hull City since arriving at the KC Stadium earlier this year
Stephen Quinn: The former Sheffield United star has been a big hit for Hull City since arriving at the KC Stadium earlier this year

SHEFFIELD United could receive more than £100,000 for Stephen Quinn following the midfielder’s transfer to Hull City.

Steve Bruce, the Championship club’s manager, described the former Republic of Ireland under-21 international as “a real bargain” last weekend after it was revealed his fee, priced at £2,000 per match, was capped at 50 games.

However, as The Star reported following Quinn’s move to East Yorkshire three months ago, numerous other clauses were inserted into the agreement which means officials at Bramall Lane are hopeful of recouping significantly more than that amount. Indeed, United have a vested interest in ensuring Bruce achieves success at the KC Stadium.

Danny Wilson’s team, who return to League One action at Swindon Town tonight, are understood to be entitled to a further six figure payment should City reach the top-flight before Quinn’s contract expires. Having also negotiated a sell-on clause, likely to be worth around 15 per cent, United will then bank another should their rivals avoid an immediate return to the second tier.

Quinn, who made his 11th consecutive start for City against Barnsley on Saturday, has emerged as a driving force behind their climb to fifth in the table.

Quinn’s role in City’s success has prompted claims he is on the verge of full international honours. Despite being over-looked for the forthcoming friendly with Greece, a member of Giovanni Trapattoni’s scouting department watched him in action during the recent 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town.

“He rolls into training smiling, does everything you ask of him and then goes and runs 13.5km every Saturday,” Bruce said. “He’s a joy to work wit How he’s not been involved in an Ireland squad when you see how he performs for us is beyond me.”Although United have refused to comment on either their negotiations with City or Quinn’s exact worth, this newspaper has learned that the Football League’s decision to adopt the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), which permits teams in England’s third tier to spend only 65 per cent of their turnover on wages, meant they felt it was impossible to retain his services after losing May’s play-off final.

The earnings of Wilson’s squad are a closely guarded secret but, with the 26-year-old completing seven seasons’ worth of service before joining Bruce’s side, including one in the FAPL, independent experts yesterday estimated Quinn could have been paid between £450,000 and £500,000 per annum during his final campaign in United colours.

Swindon, who host United this evening, were recently placed under a transfer embargo after breaking their SCMP threshold by around “one and a half per cent,” according to chairman Jeremy Wray.