Sheffield United star speaks out after signing new contract

Enda Stevens believes “something special” is developing at Sheffield United, after agreeing an extended and improved contract with the Premier League club.

Thursday, 12th March 2020, 4:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th March 2020, 6:20 pm

The Republic of Ireland international was speaking having become the second member of Chris Wilder’s squad to commit their long-term future to Bramall Lane of late, following John Fleck’s decision to sign a new deal last month.

"I'm obviously delighted,” Stevens said. “It's something I've wanted to get done for a while now, so I'm just pleased it's finally over the line.

“As a group we've built on the success of last season, but we don't want to stand still. We want to continue to do well and finish as high in the table as possible.

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"The manager is building something special here. He's keeping the core group together and now adding to it to make us even stronger and everyone is happy to be involved in the journey."

Stevens, aged 29, is now tied to United until 2023. He moved to South Yorkshire on a free transfer from Portsmouth three years ago, helping Wilder’s side gain promotion from the Championship last season.

Negotiations with John Lundstram and John Egan will continue following Saturday’s visit to Newcastle. Wilder, confirming he expects both to put pen to paper shortly, revealed Stevens will miss the game due to a calf problem during United’s pre-match press conference this morning.

Wilder’s side will climb to fifth if they win at St James’ Park and, reflecting upon Stevens’ decision, he said: “These boys see their future here and that’s a good thing.

"Enda has become one of the top players in the division, in his position, in our opinion, and he deserves rewarding with a new contract, that's what we're trying to do at the moment.

"His performances have been outstanding for both club and country and he is an important and integral part of our team in and out of possession."