Sheffield United: Top-flight defender refuses to rule-out Blades move

Simon Lappin is loving life at Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Simon Lappin is loving life at Bramall Lane � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Simon Lappin has revealed he could join Sheffield United on a permanent basis, writes James Shield.

But the midfielder, who arrived on loan from Premier League club Cardiff City last month, admitted his long-term future is unlikely to be resolved until early next year.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup first round tie against Colchester, Lappin said: “Of course I’d consider staying. But the only thing I’m thinking about now is the weekend, never mind January, because it’s important to stay professional.”

Unlike fellow loanee Aidy White, who was yesterday informed he can not feature at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, City have granted Lappin permission to represent Nigel Clough’s side. The 30-year-old was signed by Clough’s predecessor David Weir but his temporary arrangement was recently extended for a further two months.

“I was delighted to get the opportunity,” Lappin said. “Hopefully I can repay the faith he’s shown in me with performances on the pitch.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper George Long has been selected by England under-21’s for the UEFA Championship qualifiers against Finland and San Marino.

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