Gillespie hoping to end Blades contract wrangle

February 6, 2007

Keith Gillespie remains confident his contract wrangle with Sheffield United will be resolved and that he will remain at Bramall Lane.

The 31-year-old Northern Ireland winger slapped in a transfer request - which was turned down - because he was disappointed at the way negotiations for a new deal stalled.

Gillespie was hoping the matter would have been sorted out by now as he is out of contract in the summer, having already indicated to manager Neil Warnock he wants to stay in the long-term.

Gillespie, who has worn the colours of Manchester United, Newcastle and Blackburn, is enjoying a good second season with the Blades after being freed by Championship side Leicester.

And he said: 'I put in the transfer request because I felt I had no option. I was disappointed there was no dialogue with my agent. But that has now opened up. The manager knows I want to stay - I told him that.

'We have had a good time this season when people expected us to go straight back down. But I have got to look after myself and I would be disappointed if things didn't work out and I had to leave.'