Matt Hill, the Sheffield United defender, is hoping he will be given the opportunity to remain at Bramall Lane next season.
Together with the likes of Chris Porter, Bob Harris and Ryan Flynn, Hill is among several members of Nigel Clough’s squad whose contracts expire at the end of the campaign.
But Hill, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture against Oldham Athletic, told The Star he still has unfinished business in South Yorkshire.
“I was speaking to Morgs (coach Chris Morgan) the other day and said that, when you see the pictures of him gaining promotion (to the Premier League) on the walls around the ground, it would be great to see our mugs up on the wall for doing something similar.
“I’d be really disappointed if that wasn’t the case. Nothing has been mentioned yet but I’d like to think that the manager knows I want to be a part of his plans and, fingers crossed, I am.
“I think we all want to stay and be a part of what we all think can be something special in the future.”
“Ultimately, it’s up to the manager,” Hill added. It will be his decision and hopefully it will be the one I’d like.”
Despite enduring a wretched start to the campaign, which concludes with a home fixture against Coventry City on Saturday, United have been in tremendous form since the turn of the year. Although their hopes of qualifying for the play-offs vanished following a goalless draw at Tranmere Rovers a week ago, Clough’s side visit Boundary Park eighth in the table after previously flirting with relegation under his predcessor David Weir.
“We’ve done well to get ourselves out of a terrible position and then find ourselves trying to hunt down Peterborough in sixth,” Hill said. “We just fell a few games to short but we thought we could and that says a lot about what a great second-half to the season we’ve had.
“Everyone is really excited about the next one now. We still want to come as high as we possibly can.”