Sheffield United: Blades were the only club for me says new deal George Long

George Long of Sheffield United
George Long of Sheffield United

Goalkeeper George Long insists the thought of leaving Sheffield United never crossed his mind after putting pen to paper on a new deal.

The 22-year-old stopper will spend the next two years at Bramall Lane.

George Long signs his new deal

George Long signs his new deal

Long, who signed yesterday after verbally agreeing a deal with new boss Chris Wilder a week ago, finished the last campaign as United’s No 1 under previous boss Nigel Adkins, and is the oldest goalkeeper on the club’s books after Mark Howard was released.

The Sheffield-born Blades fan said: “I’m very pleased that things have finally been sorted out. It’s great to get the contract signed and sealed, and now I can look forward to the start of the season.

“The change of manager delayed things a little - when things like that happen, a player’s contract takes a back seat. The new gaffer wants to be a little more hands on with contracts, so little tweaks were made and discussions had to take place.

“Then things like going away on holiday can delay things without anyone really meaning it to. But it was always United for me; I never wanted to move, and I never looked to move away.

“It’s a club going places and should, without a doubt, be higher up, definitely in the Championship and pushing for a place in the Premier League.

“There’s a chance of promotion next season, which is long overdue, and that’s something I want to be a part of with this club.”

United dispensed with Adkins’ services after he guided them to 11th in League One last season.

“It was disappointing and frustrating to not get the promotion we all want,” Long added. “But personally it was good to play so many games in the first team and find a consistent level of performance throughout the season.

“I’m always trying to improve. I’ll continue to try and do that.”