DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has launched a charm offensive to keep Dave Kitson at Bramall Lane.
Kitson, previously of Stoke City and Portsmouth, admitted he wants to finish his career in North America after signing a short-term contract with the South Yorkshire club earlier this season.
That agreement is scheduled to expire on December 31 but, after watching the 32-year-old score three goals in his last five outings, Wilson said: “Of course we think Dave will be better off here.
“But it’s not just a football decision for him. It’s a lifestyle decision too.
“Dave is a big asset for us. He’s brought experience, a lot of finesse and the lads have taken to him.”
Wilson, speaking ahead of tonight’s League One encounter with Walsall, acknowledged results could dictate whether Kitson puts his ambitions on hold.
United, still unbeaten in the competition this term, prepared to entertain Dean Smith’s side third in the table.
“That may well have a lot to do with it,” Wilson added. “The better we do the longer Dave might want to hang around. But, yes, we’ve had a word with him already.”
Although Wilson confirmed has “no idea” whether Kitson has held talks with a Major League Soccer franchise - “You’d have to ask him” - The Star understands there are no concrete offers on the table.
United will also be encouraged by the player’s recent admission that he does not want to be “accused of jumping ship” if things “are going well”.
“I would never be able to enter Sheffield again and I don’t want to be in that situation,” Kitson said.
Wilson admitted: “Dave’s got a dry sense of humour and I like having him around.”