SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson is urging Jordan Slew to ignore overtures from elsewhere and continue his footballing education at Bramall Lane.
The prodigously talented teenage striker was the subject of a £500,000 bid from Fulham in May, However, the offer was turned down by United’s board of directors and Slew, who was influential in United reaching the final of last season’s FA Youth Cup, reported back for the first day of pre-season training at the club’s Shirecliffe training ground yesterday.
He is expected to spearhead the Blades attack come August as Wilson’s side bid to climb out of League One at the first time of asking but he has yet to sign the new contract he agreed after establishing himself at first team level towards the end of the 2010/11 campaign. Since making his debut at senior level, Slew has struck twice in eight appearances.
United have yet to receive any firm offers for the 18-year-old since rebuffing Fulham’s advances and are waiting for Slew to make up his mind on whether wants to stay or depart for pastures new.
Wilson told The Star: “We are still talking and fighting our corner. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the deal we have offered him will tempt him to stay.
“He is raw potential at this moment in time. He is not the finished article and Jordan knows that himself. We feel he has still got a lot to learn and that the best place for him to continue his education is here.”
He added: “He is a local lad and playing for your local team is always fantastic for the fans. They can always relate to one of their own and we are hoping that will also entice Jordan into wanting to stay.”
United are set to unveil attacking midfielder Danny Philliskirk as their second summer signing today. He is the son of former Blades striker Tony.