Chris Wilder “confident” over big Sheffield United contract boost after board conversations

After earlier worries that Daniel Jebbison may leave this summer, Chris Wilder of Sheffield United says the team is “confident and hopeful” about securing a new deal for the striker. The conclusion of current season will see the England youth international become a free agent, but talks over a new contract are underway at United.

These discussions began before the beginning of the current campaign, under Wilder’s predecessor Paul Heckingbottom, as Jebbison had been out since his promotion due to a mix of injury and a personal health concern. After speaking with Jebbison and his family early this year, Wilder believed he had made progress toward securing a breakthrough. Prior to this, certain Bramall Lane officials had previously accepted the prospect that the striker might leave this summer.

While talks are still in progress, signing Jebbison would be the newest piece in United’s jigsaw as they attempt to lock down their most talented young players. Will Osula, Andre Brooks, and Louie Marsh are among the other young players who have lately committed to Bramall Lane. The Shirecliffe academy is thought to be a crucial part of the United team, regardless of the division the Blades play in the next season.

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Asked about the latest with Jebbison’s contract situation, Wilder said: “In talks with the chief exec at the moment, so we’re all positive. We had a Zoom meeting with the owners and the board and Steve [Bettis, chief executive] last week. So it’s ongoing.

“We’re confident and hopeful, the attitude of the boy and the parents and the agent is that he sees his future at Sheffield United. And we replicate those feelings, so fingers crossed we can get down and we can be sensible with everything and we can get another bright young player signed.”

The youngest player in Premier League history to score on his full debut, Jebbison was the subject of a rejected £5m bid from Everton soon after bursting onto the scene while their city rivals Liverpool were also confirmed suitors of the 20-year-old Canadian-born forward in the years since.

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