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Bardsley eyes new Black Cats deal
Published : 08 Oct 2010 13:03:00
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. 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. 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. 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. "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. "I do enjoy living up here. "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." 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. "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. "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. "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."