Sheffield United players have mirrored the senior management at the Premier League club by agreeing to partial pay and relevant bonus deferrals during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

At the start of this week, it was announced that manager Chris Wilder, members of his backroom staff and chief executive officer Stephen Bettis had agreed to the measures for six months to assist the Football Club’s cash flow issues.

Now the entire professional playing staff have emulated the decision, accepting a partial pay deferral, plus bonus payments, until the end of 2020, amid uncertainty regarding the timing for a return to action.

CEO Bettis commented: “First and foremost, our thoughts remain with those directly affected by the issues related to Covid-19.

“This announcement follows positive and constructive discussions throughout the Club, taking into account the severity of the situation that the country finds itself in at the moment. I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with our first-team players, manager and backroom staff to help support the Club.

“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.”