Football | Enda Stevens signs new Sheffield United deal

Enda Stevens has signed a new deal at Sheffield United which will keep him at the Yorkshire club until 2023.

The Republic of Ireland left back has enjoyed a superb season for the Blades, who remain in the hunt for European football next season.

Stevens joined Sheffield on a free transfer from Portsmouth in 2017, and was a key part of the club’s promotion from the Championship last season.

The 29-year-old has made 28 league appearances this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists from his left wing back role, and has been part of an organized Blades defence which has kept 10 clean sheets in the top flight.

His excellent form has made him Ireland’s first choice left back under Mick McCarthy, and he provided the assist for Matt Doherty’s late goal against Denmark in the Boys in Green’s final Euro 2020 qualification match.

“I’m obviously delighted,” the former Aston Villa defender told the club website.

“It’s something I’ve wanted do 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.

“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.”

Chris Wilder, a contender for manager of the season, described Ireland international Stevens as one of the league’s best players in his position.

“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.”

The Blades are currently seventh in the Premier League, but will rise to fifth if they win their game in hand. Wilder’s men are currently behind Wolves on goal difference, and two points behind Manchester United, having played a game fewer than both of their rivals for European qualification.

Stevens’ club and international teammate John Egan, who has won plaudits for his performances at the heart of Sheffield’s defence, has also confirmed that he is in early talks with the club over a new contract.