Deeney on the move…again

Last updated : 01 September 2005 By Richard Brown

After unsuccessful trials with Bristol City and Crewe Alexandra, want-away shot-stopper Saul Deeney has agreed to join the Football League’s top side, Sheffield United – who currently stand two points clear at the top of the Championship after six games.

Notts County boss

Saul Deeney
Gudjon Thordarson has been keen to offload the Irish under-21 international, especially having signed a long-term back up for Kevin Pilkington in former Cambridge man, Shaun Marshall.

Marshall signed contract forms yesterday lunchtime to secure his future with the Magpies until the end of the current campaign.

Deeney, meanwhile, will go under the watchful eye of former Notts boss Neil Warnock, who’s been strongly-linked, namely by NCM, to have been interested in signing the Irishman since long before the summer.

With the ‘keeper currently operating on a week-to-week deal, the club are unwavering in their decision to claim a compensation figure from his sale, with the package having to put before a tribunal to decide a figure, believed to be worth in the region of £80,000 – although, in Notts’ experience, nothing is ever cast-iron for such an arrangement.

Such a package would emulate that of former Notts striker and indeed close friend of Deeney’s, Paul Heffernan, who moved to Bristol City a year ago in what was, eventually, to prove a somewhat cut-rate deal.

For more information on any potential move for the ‘keeper, be sure to check back to NCM over the coming weeks.