SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has warned the uncertainty surrounding his squad’s most recognisable names could still be lingering over Bramall Lane when the new League One season starts in August.
Defeat in last month’s play-off final at Wembley had been expected to trigger a flurry of high profile departures, with Lee Williamson, Kevin McDonald and Stephen Quinn among those attracting admiring glances from rival clubs.
Acknowledging United will once again be expected to challenge for promotion, Wilson would prefer to complete the majority of his business before Shrewsbury Town visit South Yorkshire in 52 days.
But, revealing he has yet to receive a firm offer for any of his leading stars, Wilson said: “Nothing has transpired yet.
“I’m not going to say I’m disappointed, but I am surprised.
“People will be assessing squads before doing anything so it could even be as late as July (before anything happens).”
Football’s turbulent economy - Wilson insisted earlier this month that “very little” of the Premier League’s latest television windfall will “trickle” down the pyramid - means the transfer market is more depressed than in recent years.
With United forced to reduce their expenditure or risk falling foul of new financial regulations, Wilson concedes many of his high earners could be sold.
Williamson, a free agent, counts Nottingham Forest and Barnsley among his suitors while Blackpool are understood to covet Quinn.
Nick Montgomery, who joined Millwall on loan last term, could be offered a chance to return to the capital although the Londoners are awaiting the outcome of contract talks with several players before deciding whether to press ahead.