MATT Lowton last night spoke of his delight at signing a new three year contract and immediately set his sights on helping Sheffield United return to the top-flight of English football.
As The Star revealed earlier this month, the full-back had verbally agreed to remain at Bramall Lane despite attracting interest from a host of clubs following United’s relegation from the Championship.
But, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture with Brentford, Lowton confirmed he had never entertained the possibility of leaving South Yorkshire.
“Getting United back to the highest level has got to be the long-term aim,” said Lowton. “But we’ve got to focus our minds on getting out of this division first and that’s all we can think about at the moment.
“I’m really pleased to get this sorted out and now I can just concentrate on my football.
“Obviously I heard all the rumours flying around earlier this summer but, to be honest, I never really wanted to leave here.
“I’ve been here since I was 15 and all I want to do is be involved and play as much as I possibly can.”
Lowton, aged 22, was a ball boy in front of The Kop when United rubbed shoulders with the game’s elite during the 2006/07 campaign.
“It was great seeing the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United coming here,” he said.
“The ground was full and the atmosphere was incredible.
“I can remember sitting there and thinking I quite fancied a bit of that.”
Lowton credits a spell with United’s Hungarian sister club Ferencvaros with kick-starting a career which, just 12 months ago, he feared was in danger of stalling.
“Going to Hungary really made me grow-up,” said Lowton. “The manager at the time, Kevin Blackwell, reckoned it would do me the power of good and it did.
“My confidence was a bit low at the start of last season but I got in for the last 15 games or so and now I really feel a part of things.
“I’m just looking forward to the future.”