Bardsley eyes new Black Cats deal

08 October 2010 01:03
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley has revealed he is hoping to win a new deal and will do "whatever he is asked" for the good of the club.[LNB] Bardsley is out of contract at the end of the season and as yet no new deal has been offered to the former Manchester United man.[LNB]The 25-year-old, who has won his first call-up to the Scotland squad for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Czech Republic, was tipped to leave Sunderland in the summer after dropping down the pecking order in Steve Bruce's plans.[LNB]Bruce recently admitted he feared Bardsley would not sign a new deal as he could not guarantee him regular first-team football, but the full-back insists he would be happy to stay on Wearside as he is settled in the area.[LNB]"I'd like to be offered a new contract," Bardsley told The Journal. "I heard the manager has said he is worried I won't sign one because I'm not guaranteed a place in the side, but I'm a Sunderland player and my only aim is to keep playing like I am at the moment and we shall see what happens. [LNB]"I do enjoy living up here. [LNB]"I'm really settled. I'm enjoying it, but we'll have to see whether anything is offered and we'll take it from there." [LNB]Bardsley has filled in at left-back in recent weeks and after impressing in the role against Liverpool and former club Manchester United, he hopes he has done enough to keep his place in the side.[LNB]"I've come in and done fairly well," added Bardsley. "I've not started the season, but I've been working hard and I wouldn't expect anything less from myself. [LNB]"When the chance has come, I've to perform and I feel as though I've done enough to keep my place. I don't mind playing at left-back at all. [LNB]"A fussy man is a lonely man as far as I'm concerned and I'll do whatever I'm asked to do for the good of the team."

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