Ryan Flynn wants to remain with Sheffield United next season despite expressing doubts about whether he will be offered a new contract at Bramall Lane.
Flynn, who last night described United’s position in the table as a “travesty”, made the admission after revealing his “deep affinity” for the club he joined from Falkirk five years ago.
Speaking ahead of today’s game against Walsall, Flynn told The Star: “Yes, of course I want to be here. I think everybody knows that but, ultimately, it’s out of my hands.
“But, whatever happens and wherever I am, I’ll be wanting this club to go up. Without a shadow of a doubt.
“I’ve been here a long time now and you don’t do that without developing a really deep affinity and a really strong bond.”
United slipped to 13th in the table - nine points behind sixth-placed Bradford City - after losing at Southend in midweek.
Flynn, who is set to become a free agent this summer, added: “It bothers me, it really does. It’s not nice.
“I’ve been here five years now and I just want to get us back into the Championship. The stature of this club is huge but I don’t want to harp on about that or go on about it because people know that anyway. But I’m just so determined to try and make it happen.”
Flynn has been one of Nigel Adkins’ stand-out performers in recent weeks and is expected to make his 190th appearance for United this afternoon.
“Where we are, we’ve got to keep performances up and make sure we are pleasing the fans,” Flynn said. “We don’t want to go out there and just try to scrape a win. It’s a really difficult time at the moment because of where we find ourselves in the league. But we have to keep going.”
Tracing United’s troubles back to a disappointing sequence of results last Autumn, Flynn added: “From the Port Vale game, performances have been good. But, when you are playing catch-up in away games, it’s difficult.
“It’s more the season as a whole because we’ve been trying to catch-up. Earlier on, if you are winning your home games, then the away ones become easier because you are not having to go out there and try and guarantee three points every game.”