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IT'S NICE TO HAVE MY FUTURE FINALISED

30 May 2014

United midfielder Sean McAllister says signing a new two-year deal with the club means a lot to him.

The popular centre-midfielder will remain with the Iron until the end of the 2015-16 season after he agreed to extend his stay at the club.

The 26-year-old expressed his delight to the Iron's media team on Friday after knowing his future was secure for the next two seasons.



He told The Iron Player: "It’s very important for myself to have the new two-year contract all signed. 

"Obviously what has happened  to me in the past I know about the uncertainty of the summer period. 

"It’s nice to have that security of a two-year deal under your belt." 

McAllister added:"We had a successful campaign last season and hopefully we’ll be able to build on that next season in League One." 

Last season the former Cowdenbeath midfielder dominated the centre of the park on numerous occasions alongside David Syers, a player who knows a lot about League One having won the title with Doncaster back in 2013.

Now, with a new challenge waiting for McAllister he is excited about reforming that partnership with Syers in the third tier of English football.

He explained: "Dave did well during his time with Doncaster in that league so he knows what it takes to be successful in that league. 

"I'm looking forward to reforming that partnership and I thought we both complement each other will our styles of football. 

"We have got a good core to the squad and I think that will be the same again this season."

Next season McAllister is looking forward to playing in front of larger crowds and that is likely to come with the number of local fixtures in League One. 

Throughout the duration of the 2015-16 season, United will be travelling to Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley, Sheffield United, Chesterfield, Bradford City among others and McAllister is looking forward to returning to grounds like Bramall Lane as he has special memories of that place. 

He said: "I'm looking forward to all of the local derbies that we’ll be coming up against next season. 

"There are quite a lot of local matches for us so hopefully that will mean there will be a lot of great atmospheres for us there. 

"They are big games against big clubs with the likes of playing Barnsley, Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers."

McAllister continued: "In the past when I was at Wednesday that game that sticks out straight away was one against Sheffield United so no doubt I’ll be looking forward to that. The local games will be important to the fans so no doubt they’ll be relishing those challenges as much as we will."

The United midfielder, who picked up three awards at the end of season dinner including the Ernie Storey Memorial Trophy, said it was never in doubt that he would be re-signing for the Iron.

McAllister said: "It was a very easy decision for me to re-sign and to be honest it all could have been completed a number of weeks ago. 

"However, the Chairman was on holiday so we had to wait until today to discuss the contract on a face to face basis. 

"Once I was sat down with him today it only took an hour to finalise."

The United manager Russ Wilcox has always said, throughout the summer, that keeping the core of the squad together this summer would be important for next season and McAllister also echoes those thoughts. 

The United midfielder explained: "We all get a long and that camaraderie can go a long way. 

"If everyone is working and pulling in the same way then you will be guaranteed to pick up points throughout the season. 

"I think it was important to keep the majority of the squad here." 

McAllister concluded: "When you see the majority of the lads like Terry, Niall and Mirfin signing new deals it always makes your decision a lot easier."

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