International defender signs new Sheffield United deal

Rhys Norrington-Davies has signed a new long term contract with Sheffield United, which ties him to the Premier League club for the next four years.

Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 5:44 pm

The defender, who won his first senior cap for Wales earlier this season, has spent the beginning of the season on loan at Luton Town; making 16 starts in all competitions since arriving at Kenilworth Road.

Describing himself as “over the moon” by United’s decision to offer him fresh terms, Norrington Davies, whose deal runs until the summer of 2024, said: “I’m delighted to commit my future to The Blades.

“I’m glad to be rewarded having gone out on loan into the Championship and playing for my country too. My long-term focus is coming back to Bramall Lane and playing for Sheffield United.”

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Sheffield United's Rhys Norrington-Davies in action for Wales: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Aged 21, Norrington-Davies is regarded as one of the most promising young players to graduate from United’s Steelphalt Academy youth programme in recent years, with many behind the scenes viewing him as a potential long-term successor to Jack O’Connell. Recovering from knee surgery, O’Connell’s absence has been a key factor behind United’s poor start to the campaign, which sees them enter Sunday’s game against Southampton at the foot of the table and without a win in 11 outings.

With O’Connell unlikly to complete his rehabilitation for several months, United manager Chris Wilder hopes either Enda Stevens, Ethan Ampadu or both declare themselvces available for selection ahead of the visit to St Mary’s following fitness issues of their own.

Norrington-Davies has been in excellent form for Town of late, helping Nathan Jones’ men establish a foothold in the second tier after being promoted from League One.

“The standard is good, I’m enjoying my football in what has been a hectic few months and to play plenty of games is fantastic,” Norrington-Davies, who is expected to make his latest appearance for Town when they host Preston North End on Saturday, said. “There is definitely more to come from me and I’m determined to keep improving this season.”

"That’s the aim – to be the best player I can possibly be and do what’s expected of me.”