Ertl eyes English stay

Austrian seeking new challenge after leaving Blades

Johannes Ertl: Hoping to find a new club in England after leaving Sheffield United

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Johannes Ertl is hoping to stay in England and find a new club after leaving Sheffield United.

The 29-year-old is available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Bramall Lane.

The Austria international is back to full fitness after recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered last March.

Ertl admitted he was sad to see his spell in South Yorkshire come to an end, but he is hoping to fix himself up with a new English club this summer despite having offers from abroad.

"I have really enjoyed my time at the club, but I am looking forward to a new challenge," Ertl told skysports.com.

New challenge

"I would like to thank everyone at the club for the help they have given me during my two years at the club.

"It was sad that we could not win promotion back to the Championship as this was my goal with the club but I wish the club success in the future.

"I am ready for a new challenge and I am feeling in the best shape of my career after a lot of hard physical work in training this year.

"I have had offers from several sides abroad, but I would ideally like to stay in England.

"I am open to offers and I am keeping my options open as I want to go to a club that shares the same ambition as I do."