By Wayne Veysey

22nd Jul, 2019 | 12:01pm

Exclusive: Sheffield United promotion hero 'shocked' after being told he can leave

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Sheffield United have told promotion hero Mark Duffy he can find a new club this window after refusing to offer him a new deal, Football Insider understands.

The attacking midfielder, who is in the final year of his contract at Bramall Lane, was keen to pledge his long-term future to the Premier League new boys by signing a contract extension.

However, a source with knowledge of the player’s situation has told Football Insider that Duffy was shocked to be informed by the club that they would not be offering him a fresh deal.

The 33-year-old has been told the Blades are willing for him to leave even though he was a key player in their successful Championship promotion campaign.

Duffy has been hugely influential at Sheffield United having been one of Chris Wilder’s first signings at the club in the summer of 2016.

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His performances in the club’s successful promotions from League One right through to the Premier League and his skilful displays have made him a big fans’ favourite at Bramall Lane.

Duffy scored six and provided seven assists last season in 36 Championship games as the Blades won promotion to the Premier League.

Former Liverpool youngster Duffy is understood to be keen to stay at Sheffield United and play in the Premier League next season, but news of his possible availability is sure to alert a number of clubs before the close of the transfer window.

In other Sheffield United news, it can be REVEALED that Birmingham City, Hull City and Wigan Athletic are plotting bids to sign one of Chris Wilder’s strikers.