Blackwell denies Ward unrest
Kevin Blackwell has denied any unrest concerning Jamie Ward after having 'an amicable chat' with him and his agent.
Last Updated: 12/01/10 7:17pm
Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell has denied any unrest concerning Jamie Ward after having 'an amicable chat' with the striker and his agent.
The Blades boss and Ward's representative, Gino Culbertson traded views via the media over the subject of an improved contract for the striker.
Blackwell has now denied any unrest after holding talks with the agent and player, who has secured a regular place in United's starting line-up since signing from Chesterfield in a £333,000 deal in the last January transfer window.
The Blades boss said: "I've had an amicable chat with Wardy and his agent and I think we all understand that I will talk to Jamie in future when the time is right, rather than his agent talk to the press.
"He's only been here a year and played just over 30 games, so he's still developing.
"There isn't any unrest and he's contracted to us until 2012, so he's going nowhere."
Ward's agent, Gino Culbertson, confirmed the talks with the club were amicable and that the player was focused on doing his best for United.
"I can confirm that we have had an amicable meeting with the Club, at which there was a frank exchange of views, upon which naturally both sides would not necessarily fully agree," Culbertson told skysports.com.
"However, we both fully respect each other's positions and will see how things develop, as far as Jamie is concerned, as you would expect, it's business as usual."