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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 June, 2003, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
O'Shea set to sign new deal
John O'Shea
O'Shea will commit to Man United
John O'Shea has given Manchester United fans a boost by confirming he is set to sign a new contract with the club.

The Republic of Ireland defender is heading to the Caribbean on holiday, but is aiming to put pen to paper once he returns to Old Trafford.

"I'm in talks with United at the moment about a new contract," O'Shea said.

"(Man United chief executive) Peter Kenyon is on holiday at the moment, so we'll have to wait until he gets back before finalising things."

The news that O'Shea is ready to commit his long term future to the club will be welcomed by the supporters who are bracing themselves for the loss of David Beckham this summer.

O'Shea has made a rapid rise at Old Trafford, and was one of the players used most by Sir Alex Ferguson last season as he made 52 appearances for United.

Everyone seems to be quite happy with me at the moment
John O'Shea

The 22-year-old finally completed a long campaign on Wednesday as he was named man-of-the-match in Ireland's 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying win over Georgia at Lansdowne Road.

The victory followed Saturday's 2-1 success over Albania in Dublin and lifted Ireland into second place in Group Ten.

"I couldn't have asked for a better end to this season," O'Shea added.

"The last two months have been a dream and these two results for Ireland have been the icing on the cake.

"Everyone seems to be quite happy with me at the moment. It was Alex Ferguson's decision to play me in all those games for United so he must have been happy with me.

"I've played some internationals in the middle of that and I think (Ireland boss) Brian Kerr was happy so it was a case of being a very satisfying season for me.

"A lot of people have said to me there was no way I could have predicted what has happened and that is true."

The highlight of course for O'Shea was getting his hands on the Premiership trophy at the end of the season.

"It's an amazing feeling. All that hard work you get through during the year, the games that you lost and the games that you won, all the emotion just comes out.

"It was incredible, especially having my mum, dad, brother and girlfriend there. It really was a fantastic occasion.

"Winning the championship and playing more than 50 games with United was an absolute dream of a season."


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