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New deals for duo

21 February 2019

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Billy Sharp and Enda Stevens have today (Thursday) signed new long-term contracts with the club.

Skipper Sharp, who has scored 23 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions this season, has penned new terms on a deal until the summer of 2021. The 33-year-old, who became the leading English league goalscorer this century on New Year's Day, recently netted his 100th goal for United at Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland international Stevens has committed his future until the summer of 2022. The 28-year-old, who joined on a free transfer from Portsmouth in the summer of 2017, has made 80 appearances for the Blades, including 33 in all competitions this term. He has been a regular at left wing-back since his arrival, although he has played the last two games as part of a central defensive trio.

Boss Chris Wilder is delighted that both have committed to the club, saying: "Both new contracts are fully deserved, they have been outstanding in their respective areas of the pitch.

"Billy is a natural goalscorer for us, we are delighted we have negotiated so that he can extend his period with the club. I would imagine he is looking forward to more successful times, he looks after himself and has that drive and desire to keep pushing on. The group has evolved and improved in my time here and he has done likewise.

"Enda has been outstanding since he came in. The way he plays the game, he has been a very important part of our progress in the last 18 months. I've always been a big fan of his. He has taken to Championship football really well and kicked on, which has resulted in him getting in the Republic of Ireland national squad.

"They are both here for the long-term, they are good players and hopefully they will keep moving forward with us.

"It is also another sign that we are committed to rewarding impressive performances, we want to keep our best players and I'm delighted that they will be with us for a longer period, just like we did with David McGoldrick a few weeks ago."

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