Sky Bet League One champions Sheffield United have handed a contract deadline to free agent Jay O’Shea according to the Sheffield Star.

The 28-year-old Dublin born midfielder spent the second half of the campaign with The Blades after being loaned out by local rivals Chesterfield and the club have offered the promotion winner a permanent deal in South Yorkshire.

O’Shea is now a free agent after leaving the Proact Stadium and the player is yet to accept the deal offered to him by Sheffield United. With Blades boss Chris Wilder understood to be desperate to hear the midfielder’s decision on his future, it is understood that O’Shea has been verbally given a deadline to accept the deal.

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder started his career in his homeland with Home Farm prior to spells with Bray Wanderers and Galway United.

In August 2009, O’Shea joined Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee however the player went on to make just three appearances for The Blues and was loaned out to Middlesbrough, Stevenage and Port Vale.

After failing to make the grade at St Andrews, the midfielder signed with MK Dons after a successful trial spell and the player went on to make 52 appearances for The Dons, scoring eight goals. In November 2012, O’Shea joined Chesterfield on a loan deal which was later made permanent and the player went on to enjoy four-and-a-half years with The Spireites in which he won promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

O’Shea’s latest move saw the midfielder help guide Sheffield United to promotion back to the second tier and The Blades are hoping that the player will join them in the Sky Bet Championship.

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