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Last Updated: Friday, 18 May 2007, 08:32 GMT 09:32 UK
Gillespie offered new Blades deal
Keith Gillespie
Gillespie handed in a transfer request at the start of the season
Sheffield United have made a new contract offer to Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie.

The 32-year-old, who joined United in 2005, was out of contract this summer.

But he has now been offered a new deal along with defender Chris Lucketti, while young winger Ben Starosta has signed a two-year contract extension.

Blades chairman Terry Robinson has made the offers even though the club are currently managerless following the departure of Neil Warnock.

Gillespie was influential for the Blades in the first few months of last season but received a four-game ban after being sent off against Reading in January and days later he handed in a transfer request.

The former Manchester United and Newcastle player did not return to the side until mid-March.

But he was powerless to prevent United from dropping out of the Premiership last weekend following the home defeat to Wigan, a result which prompted Warnock's resignation.

Robinson told the club's official website: "We would like to make offers to Chris and Keith and, although the new man might have different ideas, at this stage we felt that we should try and keep them."

Meanwhile, the Blades have released defenders Craig Short, Rob Kozluk, Alan Wright and goalkeeper Paul Gerrard as well as six of the club's youngsters.

Geoff Horsfield, Li Tie, David Sommeil, Jonathan Forte, Ian Ross and Mamadou Seck have been placed on the transfer list.

Robinson revealed the club has lined up a trial for Trinidad goalkeeper John Williams.



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