Chris Basham Signs New Two-Year Contract At Sheffield United

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Chris Basham has signed a new two-year contract to stay at Sheffield United until June 2024.

Basham first arrived at Sheffield Utd in June 2014 on a free transfer from Blackpool and has since been a key part of the Blades’ rise from League One to the Premier League, although Utd did suffer relegation to the Sky Bet Championship at the end of last season after two seasons in the top-flight.

The Hebburn-born defender this season has gone on to form part of Utd’s resurgence to qualify for this season’s Championship Play-Offs, having endured a difficult start to the season under Slavisa Jokanovic who was consequently replaced by Paul Heckingbottom in late November 2021.

Basham’s contract was initially set to expire at the end of next month after scoring 14 goals in nearly 350 appearances, yet he will now compete a decade at Bramall Lane upon expiration of his new two-year deal in June 2024.

Speaking about the decision to stay with Utd as he looks to add to his 348 appearances for the club, Basham said: “It is amazing to get it signed off early and obviously I’m delighted.

“The manager still speaks to me as though I’m a big part of his plans and that made me feel wanted and keen to get things signed off.”

Basham also spoke of the club’s future under Heckingbottom as he continued: “I’m excited about the future under Hecky, this is a fantastic club and I love playing here. If I can contribute for another two years then that’ll be brilliant for me.”

This new two-year contract comes just months after Basham exclusively spoke to us in an interview, where he admitted that he wished to reach a decade as a player at Bramall Lane.

Heckingbottom meanwhile expressed his “delighted” feeling at securing Basham for two more seasons after he recently persuaded Billy Sharp to also stay with the club, albeit only on an one-year extension compared to Basham’s new two-year deal.

The 44 year-old manager also proceeded to praise Basham’s role as “a vital member of the squad” in terms of fitness and his attitude in the dressing room during matches.

Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Bettis explained the reasoning behind Basham’s two-year contract renewal as he added: “We could have just taken up his option but Chris has demonstrated a genuine desire and commitment to extend his stay at United for a longer period.

“With that in mind, and coupled with his fitness and loyalty to the cause for many seasons since arriving in the summer of 2014, we feel he has earned this new deal and we all are delighted to have now secured his services for the next two campaigns.

“We are aware that squads evolve but securing the future of Chris for two more years gives Hecky and the coaching staff one less issue in a very important part of the pitch.”

Sheffield Utd will host Nottingham Forest at Bramall Lane on Saturday 14 May at 3pm BST, in the first leg of their Sky Bet Championship Play-Off semi-final with the winner meeting Luton or Huddersfield in the Play-Off Final on Sunday 29 May at Wembley Stadium, London.

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