Sheffield United: Striker training with Blades

Jake Jervis is thought to be a free agent after ending his spell in Turkey
Jake Jervis is thought to be a free agent after ending his spell in Turkey
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Sheffield United could offer Jake Jervis, the former Birmingham City centre-forward, a route back into English football after allowing him to train with David Weir’s side.

Jervis has spent the past eight weeks at the Redtooth Academy following a brief spell with Elazığspor of Turkey’s Süper Lig.

The 22-year-old is understood to have become a free agent earlier this month when officials in eastern Anatolia, where Trond Sollied’s team are based, terminated his contract by mutual consent.

However United are likely to insist that Jervis proves his worth at Professional Development League level before a final decision on his future is made.

Although Weir’s squad travels to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday searching for its first League One win since the opening round of the present campaign, the arrival of Marlon King and Ryan Hall has eased the pressure on his shoulders to enter the transfer market.

“With Marlon out there I thought we created more chances in an hour than in most other matches this season,” Weir, reflecting on last weekend’s defeat by Preston North End, said. “Because he was a real focal point up there for us.

“And I’m absolutely sure that’s going to keep on improving given time and games.”

“Ryan also did a lot of really good things out there,” Weir added. “He was willing to run at people and was quick to take a shot as well as always looking to get in behind the defence.

“Both of them, you can see, bring something different to the table. And they should keep getting better as they settle in.”

United head to Molineux in 22nd place after Stuart Beavon’s second-half goal settled a nip-and-tuck encounter at Bramall Lane. Wolves are third following a narrow victory over Shrewsbury Town at Greenhous Meadow.

Jervis, who moved to on loan Deepdale earlier in his career, also enjoyed similar spells with the likes of Notts County, Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers and Carlisle before leaving St Andrews in January.