Sheffield United managed to tie down three key men to new long term contracts this week, ahead of the Premier League restart on Wednesday.
Irish international David McGoldrick is the latest to do so, as the club announced on Saturday that he had penned a new deal which keeps him at the club until 2022. The 32 year-old signed on a free transfer from Ipswich in the summer of 2018 and played a pivotal role in Wilder’s side’s promotion winning campaign last year, netting 15 goals as the Blades finished runner’s up to Norwich City.
Speaking to Sheffield United’s official website McGoldrick said:
“There’s nowhere else I’d rather be spending the next two years, so I’m over the moon to sign this extension and remain part of this fantastic journey the club is on.”
He joins Blades stalwart Billy Sharp and influential vice captain Oliver Norwood in committing their long-term futures to United, in a huge coup for the club who have enjoyed a remarkable first season back in the Premier League, sitting 7th in the table before the enforced break due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Sharp, who returned to his boyhood side in 2015, has also put pen to paper on a two year extension which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022, as he looks to add to his tally of 93 goals for the Blades.
Despite interest from a number of other clubs in the January window Sharp was more than happy to extend his stay at Bramall Lane, telling the club’s official site:
“This was a no brainier for me, personally. I’ve said previously I want to finish my career here and talks were pretty simple. I want to be part of this squad for the next two years and see what heights we can reach.”
Former Northern Ireland international Norwood has signed a three year deal, which will see him remain a Sheffield United player until the end of the 2022-23 campaign. He has made over 70 appearances for the Blades since arriving from Brighton in 2018, including 30 this term in the heart of Wilder’s midfield.
When quizzed on his decision to continue his spell at Sheffield United, Norwood told the club’s website:
“I’m delighted to commit my future to a club that has had the best of me. I’ll always been grateful to Sheffield United for giving me the chance to establish myself as a Premier League player”
He has also set his sights on finishing the campaign strongly, with the Blades pushing for Europa League qualification:
“We’re not settling for where we are now. We’ve all been written off in the past, but now we’ve made people sit up and take notice, we’ve proved people wrong for a long time now and that’s the mentality of the group.”
“We’re now ready to finish the season off and who knows where it will take us.”
Boss Wilder was thrilled at the significant boost, stating:
“Rewarding the likes of Billy and Ollie for their performances over the last two or three seasons is crucial because their time is far from up.”
The Blades will now continue their preparations for their first game of the Premier League restart, an away trip to face relegation threatened Aston Villa.