Blades star adds Polish

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Brentford have been given a boost by the revelation of on-loan Polish U20 international Ben Starosta that if he can help them challenge for promotion he will ask to stay at Griffin Park instead of returning to Sheffield United in January.

The right-back has been told by Blades boss Bryan Robson that he wants him back at Bramall Lane in the new year, but believes that could change.

"If I'm really enjoying it at Brentford and if we are near the top of League Two. then I would want to stay and finish the job. It would be great to gain promotion," Starosta told the Times.

It is excellent news for Brentford, who have only been able to extend left-back Grant Basey's loan from Charlton until the end of September, and it is debatable whether the Addicks would let him stay for a third month.

Starosta has already proved himself a star of the future with Poland in the U20 World Cup in Canada, playing in all four of their games, including a 1-0 win over Brazil and the 3-1 defeat to eventual champions Argentina in the last 16.

The 20-year-old, who now boasts six U20 caps, said: "I qualified for Poland through my grandfather. I was born and bred in Sheffield and only got a Polish passport two months before the squad left for Canada."

In seven years at Bramall Lane, he has made two appearances the Blades' first team, both in the Carling Cup. The nearest he came to a league run-out was as an unused substitute at Wigan last season.

"Last season was one of mixed fortunes," Starosta said. "I went on loan to Chester for a month and played for them in League Two - then finished up at the World Cup.

"But Sheffield United have given me a new two-year contract and Bryan Robson wants me to get league games under my belt at Brentford."

Starosta, who played in the Conference with Tamworth at the age of 17, is relishing been converted from a right-winger to a full-back.

He said: "I played on the right wing for five of my seven years at Sheffield United, but their coach Ron Reid converted me.

"I love my new position which has more responsibility, but I still get forward - I receive more of the ball and get forward just as much as when I was a right-winger.

"What I like at Brentford is they get the ball down and pass it.

"Terry Butcher and Andy Scott have brought in some good youngsters who are improving all the time.

"We should be able to challenge for promotion. If we achieved it that would be my first honour in the game and I wouldn't want to pass up that opportunity."

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