Wright eyes new United deal

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RICHARD Wright has set his sights on extending his stay at Sheffield United.

The goalkeeper’s contract runs out at the end of the season and the former England international is determined to earn a new deal at Bramall Lane.

Since joining United in September, Wright has made just two starts. The 33-year-old had to be hauled off in both matches at Barnsley and Burnley because of a recurring thigh problem. The injury has even prevented Wright from being named on the substitutes bench by United, who are four points away from safety and are aiming to avoid a fourth successive league defeat when they entertain Millwall at the weekend.

Wright’s opportunities to shine in the first-team have also been restricted by the form of first-choice shot-stopper Steve Simonsen.

But despite the competition for places, Wright believes he has the ability to challenge Simonsen for a first-team shirt.

He told The Star: “I really enjoy this football club. I want to be playing.

“I am fed up of saying what I want to do. I’ve got to start playing games. It is as simple as that.

“I want to play my part in this team. It is no good talking about it; I have got to let my actions do my talking.”

Wright recently rejoined training after recovering from his thigh knock.

“I’m going to keep my head down, work hard and hopefully my chance will come,” he added.

United signed four young players from abroad yesterday. Marc Warren, Andras Gardos, Kristoffer Lokberg and Erik Tonne are aiming to make the breakthrough into English football. Coach Mark Smith will oversee the quartet’s development.

The trip to title-chasing QPR, managed by Neil Warnock, has been switched from Saturday April 2 to Monday 4 and will be screened on Sky (7.45pm).