SHEFFIELD UNITED: Steve looks to extend his stay

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STEVE Simonsen wants the chance to prove himself again back up in The Championship with Sheffield United.

With promotion the big aim over the final half-a-dozen games, Simonsen wants to play his part in getting the Blades back into football’s second tier.

Now, he has expressed his desire to seek another contract and stay on.

“I’ve been enjoying it here, the manager and the staff have been excellent, and I’d like it to continue,” said Simonsen who had his 33rd birthday this week and whose contract is up at the end of the season.

He had a sticky patch earlier this season and was taken out of the firing line for a couple of games last Autumn but he hasn’t looked back since then and has subsequently been an ever-present after getting back into the side.

He acknowledges too that the signing of Mark Howard recently helped keep him on his toes.

Meanwhile, Ched Evans is hot favourite to land the League One Player of the Month award for March when it is announced tomorrow.

He is up against Wednesday’s Michail Antonio and Stuart Beavon of Wycombe for the award but the Blades’ striker looks to be in pole position having netted a magnificent 10 goals from eight games during March.

In fact, he scored in seven of those eight games, missing out only in the 1-1 draw at Colchester.

His penalty winner at Hartlepool last Saturday took his season’s tally to 31. However, this still leaves him 10 behind the last United player to reach the 40 mark which was Keith Edwards who finished with 41 in season 1983/84.

United resume preparations today for Saturday’s home game with Bournemouth. Their other Easter fixture is next Tuesday at Rochdale when United will be well supported.