Sheffield United: Ryan Flynn agrees to sign new Blades contract

Ryan Flynn is to sign a new contract by the end of the week
Ryan Flynn is to sign a new contract by the end of the week

Ryan Flynn is poised to sign a new contract with Sheffield United before Saturday’s final game of the season against Coventry City.

Nigel Clough, the United manager, confirmed talks with the player and his representative have reached an advanced stage following last night’s draw at Oldham Athletic.

Flynn’s present deal, which expires later this summer, contains an option which allows United to retain his services for another 12 months but Bramall Lane’s hierarchy renegotiated the former Falkirk winger’s terms after he impressed Clough during the second-half of the campaign.

“We’re almost there with Ryan,” Clough said. “Basically, as far as I’m aware, everything has basically been agreed in principle.

“There are always a few little bits and bobs to sort out on things like this but I’d imagine we’ll get it all done ahead of the weekend.

“Ryan has done very well for us since we came in and so we’re pleased with how things have worked out.”

Clough, who took charge of United in October, added: “I’m not sure exactly how long (the contract) is but I’d imagine it’s something like two or possibly three years. I’ve not really got involved with all of that.

“The main thing, and the most important thing as far as I’m concerned, is that Ryan is going to be staying here.”

Flynn, aged 25, has amassed nearly 120 appearances for United since leaving Scotland three years ago. He made his 75th League One start at Boundary Park where Chris Porter’s late goal stretched the visitors’ unbeaten run in the competition to seven games.

United, who remain eighth in the table, expect to be without Flynn’s compatriot Neill Collins for the meeting with City after Clough acknowledged he would not gamble with the defender’s fitness.

Collins missed the game against Oldham, who saw James Wilson open the scoring, with an ankle problem and Clough said: “We’ll see how Neill is but what we certainly don’t want is him going into the summer with an injury. Certainly something that is going to interrupt his preparations.

“So, we’ll take a look and assess things. The one thing we certainly won’t be doing is taking any risks.”