Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has admitted it will prove difficult to bring John Brayford and Conor Coady back to Bramall Lane next season, writes James Shield.
The duo impressed after arriving on loan from Cardiff City and Liverpool respectively last term.
Despite refusing to rule-out the possibility of brokering similar agreements, Clough said: “We have spoken to Cardiff about John and they are going to give him a go in the Championship. So, at the moment, he is not available.
“To be fair, we knew when he came in that it was likely to be a four month thing. And then considering how well he did, the chances of sneaking him back in again were slim.
“From Cardiff’s point of view, he is a lad who did exceptionally well in League One so he can do well in the Championship. If it doesn’t work out, he knows where we are.”
Clough, who yesterday completed the signings of Marc McNulty and Jamal Campbell-Ryce, added: “Conor, I think, will be away with Liverpool in pre-season. He is still waiting for a decision as to what they will do over his future.
“He only has a year left on his contract so Liverpool have to make a decision whether to extend it or sell. With loans you can’t guarantee anything so we can’t wait and miss out on other people for the chance he might come.
“If we get the nod off Liverpool and are told he will do pre-season with them but then come here that’s different. But that is not the situation now.”