United have received a boost ahead of Friday's steel city derby, with the news that Chris Basham has signed a new long-term contract with the club.
The 30-year-old has inked a deal that will run until the end of the 2020/21 campaign and he is delighted to have put pen-to-paper ahead of the clash against Sheffield Wednesday.
Speaking immediately after signing his new terms, Basham remarked: "I'm really pleased it's sorted, the manager knows I'm a thinker and now I can focus on arguably the biggest game of the season so far.
"There's nowhere else I'd want to go and play, this club is definitely on the up and I really want to be a part of it for the next two-and-a-half years.
"I've been here a long time, my family love the city and with them settled I'm able to focus on my game and playing consistently well, hopefully we can enjoy a double celebration on Friday night."
Boss Chris Wilder added: "We have always made the point that if players deserve a new contract then they will be rewarded and that is certainly the case with Chris.
"His performances whilst I've been at the club, and before that, have been exceptional and I'm delighted he has committed to us for the next couple of years.
"Bash is an excellent character, an athlete and as a footballer he has moulded seamlessly into our style of play."
Basham initially signed for United in 2014, was part of the League One winning team in 2016 and has recently surpassed 200 appearances for the club.