Tonge and Kenny stay, Onoura leaves and Brown talks open.

Last updated : 24 October 2003 By Alex Hodgson
Tonge: Barnstorming
Today's news that both Michael Tonge and Paddy Kenny have commited themselves to the club until 2007 will be greeted by most fans as if we'd just signed Ronaldo.
  Kenny was last season's Player of the Year after making a bargain-basement move from Bury, while Tonge has seen his many barnstorming performance and spectacular goals rewarded with England Under-21 recognition.
  Neil Warnock was clearly pleased.
Kenny: At Lane until 2007

  "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.
  "At Bramall Lane we have to look after our players as part of the family - that is the way forward for Sheffield United".

  After re-signing Kenny and Tonge, Warnock will now start chasing Michael Brown's signature. Rumours have abounded recently that several big clubs, including Manchester City, Everton, Leeds and Rangers, have been tracking the midfielder.
  Brown is free to sign a new contract from January, and the manager is keen to see the matter resolved.
  "Michael knows we want him to stay and I don't see any reason why he cannot maintain his high standards over the next three or four years.
  "I will be speaking to him after the Reading game because we finally have a blank week. The contract situation is in his hands, we have made him an offer and he is thinking about it."

  In other news, Sheffield United and Iffy Onoura have terminated the players contract by mutual consent to allow the striker to join Grimsby Town. Onoura never really found his way into the fray at Bramall Lane, and with at least Ward, Lester, Peschisolido and Allison above him in the pecking order, the involved parties have done what is best for both of them.

  Meanwhile ex-Barnsley and New Zealand international midfielder David Mulligan has been given a one week trial at the Lane.