Experienced Danny Higginbotham is delighted that he will have a prolonged stay at Bramall Lane.
It was announced earlier this week that the versatile defender would remain with the Blades after his contract was extended.
"When I signed in January it wasn't my aim to be here for just six months, I wanted to do well for the club and that remains the case," said Higginbotham.
"When I signed in January it was agreed in principle that there would be a contract there if I played a certain amount of games and now that is all tied up, I'm just itching to get started once again.
"Unfortunately the season didn't go as well as anticipated, for the club and myself, but I've got more to offer. I want to show the new manager what I can do and do everything to help this football club progress.
"It is a fresh start for everyone, pre-season is important and I'm sure all the lads will be keen to get back in next week."
Of course, David Weir will oversee United's pre-season campaign after signing on as manager earlier this month.
Higginbotham added: "I'm looking forward to working with David. He's not long out of playing, he's in touch with all sides of the game and the people I have spoken to say that he is a very thorough man and will leave nothing to chance.
"His playing career speaks for itself, he's been the captain of every club that he has played for and is respected throughout the game. I'm sure all the lads are looking forward to working with him and getting their boots back on."
Higginbotham played 18 times for the Blades after signing and making his debut on New Year's Day, a 2-2 draw at Doncaster.