Chris Basham has hinted more new Sheffield United contracts could follow, after he signed a new deal.
Basham extended his stay at Bramall Lane until 2022, becoming the latest player to commit their future to the club.
John Fleck and Enda Stevens put pen to paper shortly before lockdown, while David McGoldrick, Ollie Norwood and Billy Sharp have followed since.
Now Basham – who was recently named player of the year for 2019/20 – has joined them.
“I’m sure there will be a few more, hopefully, boys following us through the door,” the 32-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“The main focus was keeping this group together, like the manager said all along, and he’s done that perfectly.
“I’m buzzing to stay and hopefully a few more will be willing to do that as well. But that’s up to them, I can only speak for myself.”
Which new Sheffield United contracts could be next?
Basham began negotiations over a new contract before the suspension of football due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
During that time talks were put on hold, but they clearly began again and have now been finalised. The other two who were also in discussions were John Egan and John Lundstram.
Egan has openly admitted this and also his love for the club and playing for manager Chris Wilder. Although under contract until 2022 currently, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Republic of Ireland international followed his fellow centre-back by signing a new deal.
As for Lundstram, things are a little less certain. Negotiations have been ongoing for some time and Wilder is said to have grown frustrated as a result.
In fact, the 52-year-old has admitted that some players having talks might still leave. If that was going to apply to anyone, then chances are it’s Lundstram.
Meanwhile, Leon Clarke and Kieron Freeman have both left the Blades as free agents. It’s believed Jack Rodwell has also done the same.
However, Phil Jagielka is expected to be offered a new one-year deal after his previous contract also expired at the beginning of this month.