Sheffield United say farewell to trio while 24-year-old completes medical

It has been a hectic first day of July for Sheffield United. The (few) players that the Blades have under contract have reported back to training. Meanwhile, several faces have departed the club following the end of their contracts.

Daniel Jebbison rejects long-term deal with Sheffield United

It was reported late last night, by Sky Sports, that promising forward Daniel Jebbison has rejected a new long-term contract with United due to the ongoing takeover talks. The England youth international has previously been linked with Everton and Leeds United. If Jebbison is to sign for an English club then Sheffield United will be entitled to compensation.

As per both the Premier League’s and the English Football League’s (EFL’s) Rules and Regulations, a club signing an out-of-contract player under the age of 24 is obliged to pay compensation to the former club for its training and development of the player.

If the two clubs cannot agree on the compensation fee then the deal will move to a tribunal, who will assess Jebbison’s fair market value. United could also be awarded a sell-on percentage if the Canadian-born striker moves on in the future, per The Star.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: John Egan of Sheffield United reacts after Newcastle United scored their sides eighth goal during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane on September 24, 2023 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

John Egan leaves Sheffield United

John Egan has also officially left the club. The 31-year-old Ireland and former Blades captain released a farewell message on social media after spending an eventful six years at Bramall Lane.

In his previous five league campaigns for United, before the last Premier League term, the experienced defender had played in 94% of the team’s league games, highlighting just how dependable he is. It’s even more impressive for a defender to have this record because it shows his footballing intelligence to avoid suspensions.

His consistent presence on the field was crucial, making his absence in the season just gone all the more noticeable. And that absence will be felt heading into pre-season with the Blades lacking any form of leadership in the dressing room.

With Egan now leaving, along with Chris Basham, George Baldock and Oliver Norwood, this means there are no longer any players at the club who were part of the 2018/19 promotion-winning campaign.

Keith Andrews leaves United’s coaching staff

It was previously reported that Thomas Frank wanted to bring Keith Andrews to Brentford’s staff, and now this move has been confirmed.

Andrews, 43, was welcomed to Sheffield United as part of Chris Wilder’s staff when the Blades chief reunited with the club back in December. Now, the former Republic of Ireland player and coach has joined the Bees as their new set-piece coach.

SALFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Jamie Shackleton of Leeds United in action during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Salford City and Leeds United at Peninsula Stadium on August 29, 2023 in Salford, England. (Photo by Jess Hornby/Getty Images)

Jamie Shackleton completes Blades medical

On a more positive note, Football Insider are claiming former Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton has completed his medical with Sheffield United. The 24-year-old was offered a new contract with Leeds but he turned the deal down to join Chris Wilder’s Blades.

As stated in a previous article, Shackleton is capable of covering multiple positions and therefore could be the replacement for the recently departed Ben Osborn, who was deemed the squad’s utility player.

Tags Daniel Jebbison Jamie Shackleton John Egan Keith Andrews


  1. Jebbison will be no great loss , done without him for long enough although it’s a bit rich turning down a contract when you have been pinching money for a full season. Time to move on from Egan who like some of the other old guard is past his best and as for Andrews I don’t know exactly what he brought to the club so is a wage off the bill

    1. Andrews was recruited by Wilder. He should be the next to go. You don’t demolish a structure then let the original architect rebuild it. The Wilder debris has now gone. He should follow it out of the back door. He’s here for all the wrong reasons.

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