Bardsley set for new Sunderland deal

18 October 2010 08:42
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is ready to reward Phil Bardsley with a new contract if he continues his recent string of fine performances.[LNB] The Sunderland defender, who started his career with Manchester United, made his international debut for Scotland in the 3-2 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to Spain in midweek.[LNB]The 25-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Wearsiders and could leave for nothing next summer with the club yet to offer him fresh terms.[LNB]Bruce believes Bardsley's versatility makes him an important member of his squad and has indicated that the club will open contract negotiations soon.[LNB]The Black Cats boss told the Sunday Mirror: "A few weeks ago he was knocking on my door. He wants to play. Now he's played against Man City, Man United and Spain.[LNB]"That's how it changes. He's played very well and if (Kieran) Richardson is fit, it gives me a huge dilemma. It's fantastic for Bardo, I'm really pleased.[LNB]"He's grabbed his chance and done very well. He's pushed us into a corner, if you're talking about contracts, and said, 'What are you going to do?'[LNB]"He's got eight months left. If he keeps playing like he is at the moment, then he will get himself a new deal."[LNB]Bardsley, who had a spell on loan at Rangers in 2006, was born in England but qualifies for Scotland through his father, who was born in Glasgow.[LNB]And, the player admits that his call-up by manager Craig Levein has boosted his position.[LNB]Bardsley said: "I want a new contract. Certainly the international call-up can't have done me any harm, but it's not up to me.[LNB]"I just want to enjoy my football and keep doing well. I'm enjoying my football more than ever at the moment.[LNB]"I've been asked to play left-back and I've just come in and done my best. I was determined to make the most of the chance.[LNB]"For the Scotland call-up to come on the back of that... I was delighted.[LNB]"To make my debut against Spain - the world champions - was an incredible experience.[LNB]"I spent most of the game up against Andreas Iniesta - so an easy day at the office, eh!"

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