Mark Howard extends Sheffield United deal as nine leave

Sheffield United have taken up a one-year option on goalkeeper Mark Howard's contract with the club.

The 27-year-old played 26 games this season and United have also extended the deals of defenders Terry Kennedy and Bob Harris for a further year.

Matt Hill, Shaun Miller, Darryl Westlake, Sean McGinty, Elliott Whitehouse, Jasper Johns, Jordan Hodder and Jahmal Smith have been released.

The club remain in talks with striker Chris Porter.