Tonge and Kenny extend Blades deals
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The pair have put pen-to-paper on deals that will keep them with the Division One high-flyers until the end of the 2006/07 campaign.
The 20-year-old Tonge (pictured) has been a revelation with The Blades since bursting onto the scene last season, as he helped the South Yorkshire outfit in runs in the League Cup and FA Cup, as well as the play-offs.
Kenny was a bargain buy from Division Three side Bury last season and despite being the only senior goalkeeper at the club during long periods last term, his performances were enough to land him the club's Player of the Year award, though he is sidelined by injury at present.
With the pair signed to long term deals, Blades boss Neil Warnock was delighted to have secured the services of two key players in his Bramall Lane squad.
"I'm absolutely delighted that both have extended their contracts - we feel both deserve it having established themselves as key members of the first team squad," Warnock told the club's official website.
"I've never been one for leaving contracts until the end of their term because I feel players should be rewarded appropriately for their performances.
"At Bramall Lane, we have to look after our players as part of the family - that is the way forward for Sheffield United.
"We also feel that it will give Paddy a big boost during his rehabilitation period and it lets him know how highly we feel about it."