Jessica Ennis-Hill has her name removed from Bramall Lane stand after Sheffield United agree new deal with local estate agents

The stand will be renamed after Redbrik Estate Agency

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Jessica Ennis-Hill will no longer have her name on a stand at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane - after the club announced a new sponsorship deal with a local estate agent.

The heptathlete became the poster girl of the London 2012 Olympic games after winning a gold medal and her local club honoured her by naming one of the stands after her.

But the Blades have agreed a three-year deal with Redbrik Estate Agency meaning the 'Jessica Ennis-Hill Stand' is no more.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill put down a marker by qualifying for the Olympics in Austria at the weekend

The 29-year-old stated in November last year that she would want her name removing from the stand if the club re-signed convicted rapist and former player Ched Evans. She received abusive threats via Twitter as a result.

Sheffield United managing director Mal Brannigan said: "The introduction of Redbrik as the new Bramall Lane stand naming rights partner sees the name of the City's most famous Olympian replaced, three years after the club honoured Jess Ennis-Hill's achievement at London 2012.

"We have started discussions with Jess and her team as to how she continues to be recognised by the club going forward befitting of her achievements and our hopes for her in Rio 2016."

Ennis-Hill said: "It was a real honour to have had the Bramall Lane stand named after me in 2012 in recognition of my Olympic achievements.

"However, I completely understand the need for Sheffield United to recognise the valuable contributions of its sponsors and want to wish the club and the team all the best for the forthcoming season."

The club refused to comment on how much the new deal was worth when contacted by Press Association Sport.

The club's head of commercial Paul Reeves added: "This is another significant new commercial relationship for the Football Club and we are delighted to be in a partnership with an exciting regional business in Redbrik, which has allowed us to formulate a deal that is structured to work for both parties and importantly one that brings new benefits for our supporters."

Additional reporting from PA

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