Sheffield United make enquiry for Mark Duffy, but winger says: I'd like to stay at Scunthorpe United
WITH seven days of the window remaining, Scunthorpe United winger Mark Duffy says he will not be distracted by any transfer talk.
Given his form this season the Liverpudlian is the man many expected to be the subject of most speculation.
Duffy revealed Sheffield United had made an enquiry and although he admitted it caught his attention, on the pitch he remains fully focused.
"You hear a lot of things and you speak to people like the gaffer, but whatever will be, will be," he said.
"At the present moment I'm a Scunthorpe player and if you see my performances I give 110 per cent every game. If nothing changes I'll continue to give 110 per cent.
"But if something does come up and I have to leave, then so be it.
"Sheffield United enquired but I don't know what happened there.
"I think they got rejected and that was it really. Other than that there's been nothing.
"Sheffield United is a massive club so you do think about it a little bit. But at the same time, once you're on the pitch and the whistle goes, everything goes out your head and you just concentrate on what you've got to do.
"I've got 10 other team-mates, and mates, out there and you don't want to put a half-hearted performance in because they're you're mates out there. You don't want to let them down because I'm not that type of person.
"I'm concentrating on doing well and getting Scunthorpe higher up the league, we'll just see what happens in the future."
United have already confirmed they plan to take up the option of a further year when Duffy's contract is up in the summer.
The 26-year-old is happy to extend his stay and though his ultimate aim is to return to the Championship he hopes to do that with the Iron.
"I would like to stay. I've enjoyed my time here," said Duffy. "It's been two years now, but it seems like yesterday that I signed.
"We were in the shed the other day and I was talking to Jimmy Ryan saying my first training session was in the shed under (Ian) Baraclough.
"It's just flown by but I have enjoyed my time here.
"At the time when I was signing for Scunthorpe I had other options and people were telling me to see out my contract at Morecambe and go for other clubs.
"But Scunthorpe were in the Championship at the time and for me that was the big, big draw.
"To play in the Championship was unbelievable for me because a couple of years before that I was just playing in the Unibond.
"It was unbelievable.
"Hopefully I can either get back there with Scunthorpe or get back there with someone else, but hopefully with Scunthorpe.
"That's where I want to be. I think every player wants to test themselves and because I was only there for half a season I was just getting into it.
"I'd love to test myself again at that level.
"Hopefully I've learnt a lot and I could do well in the Championship.
"I'd like to do it with Scunthorpe, but we'll see what happens."