Vokes exit as Blades have change of heart

Sam Vokes
Sam Vokes

SHEFFIELD United have elected not to extend Sam Vokes’ loan after re-assessing the attacking options at manager Micky Adams’ disposal.

Vokes, who scored one goal in six appearances for the South Yorkshire club after arriving on a short-term basis from Wolverhampton Wanderers, had been expected to remain at Bramall Lane until the end of the season.

But despite indicating he would offer Vokes a new deal when his initial agreement expired following last weekend’s win over Leeds, Adams has now waved goodbye to the Wales international.

Darius Henderson’s return from suspension – the former Watford centre-forward is available for selection when United resume their battle for Championship survival at Queens Park Rangers on April 4 – appears to have prompted the change of heart.

“Darius is ready again for our next match,” a source close to United told The Star. “And that made us look again at the situation.

“We’ve got him, Ched Evans, Daniel Bogdanovic, Richard Cresswell and Marcus Bent already here so there is plenty there. It’s a shame that Sam will be going back - especially now that we’ve got him fit again – but he was initially brought in as cover.”

With the window for loan signings scheduled to close tomorrow, Vokes is now expected to report back for duty at Molineux following Wales’ Euro 2012 qualifier with England on Saturday.

Financial considerations are also likely to have influenced United’s decision to part company.

Henderson, who was sent off less than half an hour into his comeback from injury at Vicarage Road earlier this month, is one of the highest earners among Adams’ squad.

United are 22nd in the table with eight matches remaining after beating Leeds United 2-0 at Bramall Lane last Saturday.