Sheffield United: Blades players mingle with fans on Maltese mission

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SHEFFIELD United have announced further details of their week long visit to Malta.

Danny Wilson’s side, who travel to the island in 10 days time, will host a ‘Meet the Manager and Coaches’ evening at the Portside Sports Bar, Sliema, on July 24 before arranging a ‘Players BBQ’ at the Fortina Spa Hotel Lido 48 hours later.

United hope to unveil the identities of the two teams they will face in friendlies during they stay in the Mediterranean shortly.

Valletta, Birkirkara, Floriana and Hibernians are among those clubs under consideration.

However, negotiations have been complicated by the fact they are involved in the qualifying rounds of European competition.

Wilson, the United manager, said: “It’s hard work out there because of the heat but we get a lot out of it.”

Meanwhile, Wilson has wished Matthew Lowton well following the defender’s move to Aston Villa.

“Obviously this is a sad loss for us but there’s no way we could hold Matt back because it’s a fantastic opportunity for him,” he said.

“Matt has the experience and the ability to be successful in the Premier League and obviously everyone at Bramall Lane wishes him all the very best for the future.”

Ex-United goalkeeper Richard Wright has quit League One rivals Preston North End only a week after joining Graham Westley’s side.

Wright, who made two appearances for United during the 2010/11 campaign, cited personal reasons as the reason behind his decision.

Explaining Wright did not “feel comfortable” being parted from his family in East Anglia, North End chairman Peter Risdale said: “We respect Richard’s decision.

“He’s been honest enough with us after three days and we’ve parted with a handshake.”