Sheffield United: Key clause in Howard’s contract

Sheffield United retain an 'option' on Mark Howard � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Sheffield United retain an 'option' on Mark Howard � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Nigel Clough does not fear losing Mark Howard after revealing Sheffield United can choose to extend the goalkeeper’s contract, writes James Shield.

Howard, previously of Blackpool and St Mirren, set a new club record for consecutive sheets during Monday’s League One fixture at Preston North End.

But with his present deal scheduled to expire at the end of the season, Clough confirmed: “We’ve got an option on Mark. He’s not actually going to be out of contract as such so there are no worries in that department.

“He’s had an incredible run after coming back in and to break that figure is testimony to him and the rest of the team.”

Howard, aged 27, regained his starting place at Fulham last month and enters Saturday’s meeting with League One leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers having not conceded in eight appearances.

He signed a two-and-a-half year agreement with the FA Cup semi-finalists in February 2012 after leaving Bloomfield Road.

“We just want to keep on working hard,” Clough, the United manager, added. “We’ve set ourselves high standards and we want to maintain those.”