Sheffield United players join management in taking wage deferrals to protect the club during the Covid-19 lockdown

Playing staff at Sheffield United will defer part of their wages until the end of the year to help the club through the period of economic turbulence caused by coronavirus.

An agreement was made with all the players in the team, in order to help the Blades in a time of economic turbulence, as lock-down is set to continue for at least another three weeks.

The arrangement was made last week after the club’s manager, Chris Wilder, senior members of his coaching staff and CEO, Stephen Bettis, all agreed to a wage deferral for six months.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal became the first club to reach a deal on pay cuts, with players taking 12.5 percent less for a year.

Southampton and West Ham players have also agreed to wage deferrals.

Mr Bettis said: “It is a difficult period for everyone, but our Football Club also needs to be taken care of and I’m delighted that the players want to mirror the gesture of Chris and the staff by contributing, it confirms that they care about Sheffield United.

“The players should be commended, not only for this action, but also for their role in the #playerstogether initiative with other Premier League clubs.”

The #PlayersTogether campaign is a player-led initiative set-up to generate funds for those working on the NHS frontline.