Sheffield United face Stephen Quinn fight

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SHEFFIELD United are “lucky” to have Stephen Quinn and face a tough battle to keep hold of the talented midfielder after missing out on promotion, fears former striker Neil Shipperley

The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international enhanced his burgeoning reputation by delivering an accomplished performance in their League One play-off final defeat last month.

Now, after failing to secure an instant return to the Championship, United boss Danny Wilson is under pressure to reduce the wage bill, meaning he could be forced into offloading Quinn, who made the most assists in the division last year, and highly-rated duo Matthew Lowton and Harry Maguire to ease their financial situation. The trio all have their admirers in the second tier of English football.

Shipperley, who spent two years at Bramall Lane and also represented Barnsley during his illustrious career, told The Star: “Stephen is a fantastic player and he is a massive part of United’s team. I rate him very highly. They are lucky to have him because he should be playing at a higher level. If he does stay for next season, that would be a massive plus for United.”

He added: “You can’t blame Stephen if he gets a good offer and decides to go elsewhere as he has played in the Premier League and the Championship.”

United rejected a bid from Blackpool for Quinn last August.

The winger, who has a year left to run of his contract at United, has said: “I haven’t had any thoughts about my future. We will look at it in the summer.”

Meanwhile, season ticket sales have been going well despite the club remaining in League One.

They are due to go on general sale on Monday.

The club say that the sales under their Early Bird Scheme show a rise of 10 per cent on the number sold a year ago.

The club did introduce a two year price freeze before the end of this season.