Sky Bet League One champions Sheffield United have today confirmed that on-loan forward Jay O’Shea has rejected the offer of a contract with the club. He ended the campaign on loan at Bramall Lane, leading to Chris Wilder offering him a permanent stay. However the 28-year-old decided to turn that down.

O’Shea spent the latter part of the season with the Blades, helping them win the league title. He scored three goals during his time with the club, those coming in away matches at Swindon Town, Oldham Athletic and Port Vale.

Wilder revealed the news today, thanking him for his efforts in the process,

“We offered Jay a good two-year deal but he has exercised his right to turn it down and look elsewhere. We thank him for his contribution in the second half of the season and wish him all the best for the future.”

News of him turning down the contract is certainly something of a surprise. His parent club Chesterfield were relegated, and was named as one of the released names on their retained list earlier this month. It was then announced he would be given a contract by Wilder to sign should he want it, but he has elected to seek pastures new.

It means the Irishman is now looking for a new football home, but he certainly won’t be short of offers. He possesses plenty of Sky Bet League One and Two experience. In addition to his time at Sheff Utd and Chesterfield, he has also played for MK Dons, Port Vale, Stevenage, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.


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