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Poyet Hints At New Contract For Redemption Man Bardsley

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Phil Bardsley's year at Sunderland has been a story of redemption, with it now looking likely the final chapter will be him getting a new deal, according to Gus Poyet.

Clive Mason

In speaking ahead of the today's game with Kidderminster Harriers, Gus Poyet has taken time out to discuss the future of redemption man, Phil Bardsley -- hinting that the defender will be getting a new contract at the club.

Poyet told reporters today;

I would like to keep him at the club, and I have told him so, and I know he wants to stay too.

So that is good news, it is a matter of agreeing where we are and doing that sort of thing, but I don't want him to worry about his future.

Which is obviously great news for him, but also for the club. I've been as critical as anyone of Bardsley in the past, as much for his antics on the field as off it, but to give credit where it's due, he has been superb this season and a new contract is fully deserved.

Poyet went on to talk up the Scotland international;

It was a shame Phil's goal wasn't the winner in a way because that would have been a great story - with him being ex-Man United, and the year he has had.

But it was still an amazing evening for him, and I think it was very emotional for him.

He cares very much for the team, and I know he cares for the club and the supporters too, whatever has been said.

When I first joined, he was being held separate from the rest of the squad - I gave him a chance but he had to take it, and he has done.

Now he knows he has a real Premier League future, which is great, considering the situation he was in before.

If he can continue this sort of form for the remainder of the season, and into the next, he will be a very good fullback for us for years to come.