SHEFFIELD UNITED: Clubs stay friends as Matt trains with United

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SHEFFIELD United last night maintained their relationship with Kidderminster Harriers has not been damaged by uncertainty surrounding the contract status of Jamille Matt.

The League One club, who revealed Matt’s presence at Shirecliffe earlier this week, also clarified the 22-year-old’s exact position with Danny Wilson’s squad.

The Star understands that, despite suggestions to the contrary, Matt has been allowed to train with United rather than be granted a bona fide trial.

“There is no problem with Kidderminster and our relations with them remain very cordial,” a source said.

Four months ago it was confirmed that the Jamaican-born striker, who has lived in England since he was seven and studied at university, needed clearance to continue working in this country.

Steve Burr, the Harriers manager, admitted in June the matter has yet to be resolved.

It remains unclear whether Matt, who scored 12 goals at Conference level last term, has now received the necessary paperwork from the United Kingdom Border Agency.

“Months after taking advice ... the club placed Jamille on leave to enable him to deal with personal issues - issues the club have always continued to support him with,” a statement on Harriers’ website said.

“It was the club’s position that Jamille’s privacy would be protected totally until such time that he received clearance to resume his playing career with the club.”

United moved a step closer towards discovering which two teams they will play in Malta later this month after Hibernians, Floriana and Birkirkara were all eliminated from the qualifying rounds of the Europa League. Valletta, also been mooted at prospective opponents, advanced to the second phase of Champions League qualifying.