SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson, who last night signed Wolves’ Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on loan, has praised trialists Kevin McDonald, Matt Duke and Alex Kruk for showing “loyalty and patience” as they attempt to win permanent contracts at Bramall Lane.
Speaking ahead of today’s League One opener at Oldham Athletic, Wilson admitted that uncertainty in the transfer market has contributed to delays in a decision about the trio’s future.
But he said: “I think it speaks volumes about them and what they want to do that they’re still here.
“There have been offers from elsewhere for them but they’ve remained with us.
“Players have to look after themselves in situations like this and I’ve told them I completely understand if they do decide to go elsewhere because the last thing I’d want to do is leave them high and dry.
“But they’re here with us and we appreciate the loyalty they’ve shown.”
McDonald, the former Burnley midfielder, impressed during last weekend’s friendly with Blackpool while German defender Kruk travelled with United to Malta.
Goalkeeper Duke, who has followed United since childhood, is a free agent after leaving Hull.
Mendez-Laing’s arrival marks the latest phase of Wilson’s plan to re-structure the squad he inherited from predecessor Micky Adams in May.
Matt Lowton is scheduled to sign his new contract “either before Oldham or early next week” but Rob Kozluk has yet to put pen to paper despite being offered fresh terms.
Argentine youngster Elian Parrino last night agreed his return on an initial six month loan.
United, who were relegated from the Championship last term, are expected to enjoy a following of nearly 3,000 fans at Boundary Park and Wilson said: “When you take that level of support away from home it’s absolutely fantastic and it’s one of the reasons why I don’t fear a hangover because when the lads run out and hear the roar it’s going to immediately fire them up for the challenge ahead.”
Mendez-Laing confirmed on Twitter that he is joining United following the collapse of his proposed move to Peterborough.
The winger, aged 19, scored five times in 33 league appearances for Darren Ferguson’s side last season.