Unsworth wants Toffees stay
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Unsworth's future on Merseyside is uncertain after he turned down a new deal last month as he seeks a more long-term contract.
The 30-year-old is available on a free transfer in the summer and he admitted he has to consider the possibility that he could be leaving Everton.
"It would obviously be a big disappointment to leave, but that is football," said Unsworth.
"But you never say never - and you do not know what is around the corner. But there is a possibility I could be leaving."
Unsworth has come into the side at centre back in recent weeks with David Weir and Joseph Yobo both missing and the former England international admitted he was enjoying playing at the heart of the defence again.
"I have really been enjoying playing as a centre back. It has been great to get back there," added Unsworth.
"It took a bit of getting used to again, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. We have had some really decent performances and results."
Meanwhile, Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright has been given the green light to return to training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The former Ipswich and Arsenal shot-stopper has been struggling with a knee problem for most of the season, but he is now ready to step up his recovery after undergoing surgery.
"It has been a frustrating year for me. I can't wait to see the back of 2003," said Wright.
"My aim is first to get back into the Everton first team, and I know that will be hard because Nigel is playing so well.
"But I need to get back into the side to be playing to the high standard needed to impress the England manager, Sven Goran Eriksson."