Kenny pens Blades deal

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Paddy Kenny has pledged his future to Sheffield United, can reveal.

The Irish international has penned a four-year deal after prolonged talks finally produced an agreeable deal.

Kenny, 27, has emerged as one of the most impressive shot-stoppers outside the top flight and a number of clubs were linked with him during the summer.

United rebuffed all enquiries for Kenny and they have now agreed terms with the former Bury man.

"He has signed for four years which will take him to 2009 and hopefully most of the deal will be served in The Premiership," his representative Lee Payne told

"The club have gone out their way to secure Paddy's future, which is a positive thing.

"Paddy has been so consistent, it was more than he was due for the way he has performed."

United had previously stalled on talks when they believed there was some doubt as to who represented Kenny - however, the Blades number one has always insisted that Payne was his agent and all parties are now happy to have seen a successful conclusion.

"It has been a nice ending to what has been a long battle really," Payne continued.

"We were both put under a lot of pressure, but we have stood strong and it is a good deal for everyone involved.

"Paddy is a great lad and never wanted to leave, he was always been loyal and he has shown that to me as well as the club - which just sums him up as a man."