Kabba wants to stay
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Contract rebel Steve Kabba insists that he is happy at Sheffield United.
Contract rebel Steve Kabba insists that he is happy at Sheffield United and he has no desire to move away from Bramall Lane.
The former Crystal Palace marksman has been plagued by injury over the past three seasons and he is now holding out for a long-term contract extension as he seeks to secure his future.
His reluctance to commit to the club has been interpreted in some circles as an indication that Kabba is looking to leave South Yorkshire in a bid to ply his wares in The Premiership, but he insists that this is not the case.
"I know there is a lot of talk about my contract being up, but it is not getting in the way of what I want to do on the field," he told the Yorkshire Post.
"I have not signed anything yet because we have not agreed terms, but I definitely do want to stay here. The grass is not always greener on the other side so why change when I am happy here?"
The 24-year-old has endured a frustrating time of it at Bramall Lane since joining The Blades from Palace for £250,000. Long spells on the sidelines due to injuries including a broken leg and snapped Achilles tendon have limited his chances.
But, if he can remain injury-free this season, Kabba is confident that his goals can fire Sheffield United back into The Premiership.
"When you are out for such a length of time, you never know what is going to happen," he continued.
"A lot of people were doubting me, thinking I wouldn't get back to full fitness and asking whether I could still do it, but I am proving a lot of people wrong.
"Yes, there were some dark, lonely times but the gaffer, the players, my family and my friends all helped me to get through it.
"Realising that my career could be taken away from me just like that has changed my attitude to life," he admitted.
"It has made me even more determined to enjoy every minute. I don't want to keep moving clubs and meeting new managers or players. I have lived in Yorkshire for three years now and I am really settled."
In spite of the fact that The Blades are currently red-hot favourites to win The Championship, Kabba says that both he and his team-mates are keeping their feet planted firmly on the ground.
"We are not getting carried away. We know that if we can keep winning our home games and getting decent away results we should be alright - but it is not even halfway through the season yet," he added.
"I am expecting teams like Palace, Norwich and Southampton to start picking up results sooner or later and put a good run together. When Palace won promotion two years ago, I think they were near the relegation zone in November, so there is a long way to go."