'Proud to wear the badge' - Chris Basham reveals when he will consider calling time on his career at Sheffield United

Defender recently made his 250th start for the Blades

Monday, 20th January 2020, 2:54 pm

Chris Basham admits he is “proud” to wear the badge of Sheffield United after being presented with an award to mark his 250th start for the Blades.

The defender has established himself as a key man under Chris Wilder, having survived the cull when the manager took charge of the Blades.

Basham was signed by Nigel Clough and endured the season of struggle under Nigel Adkins, before playing a key role in two promotions in three years under Wilder.

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And after almost six years at Bramall Lane, 31-year-old Basham is still the fittest member of United’s squad – but revealed what would have to happen for him to consider calling it a day.

“It means a lot to get 250,” he admitted.

“I’ve been here five and a half years now and not many players stick around at clubs for that long these days.

“I’m very proud to wear the badge and everything’s Sheffield United for me. Long may it continue.”

Asked if he still has more to give, Basham said: “I think so. The day someone beats me in pre-season [running drills] then it might be time for me to think about it!

“It's the best I've ever felt, because we get looked after so well. I’ll carry on as long as I can and then one day I might have to say I don’t feel fit enough… or the manager might show me the door!

“We’re just enjoying it and taking each game as it comes. We’ll face a lot of teams fighting for their lives before the end of the season but there are a lot of points to play for, and hopefully we can finish in the top 10.”