Hodgson in no rush over player contracts
By Site Editor
Updated Monday, 16th April 2012
Boss ready to wait on new deals
Albion are in no rush to offer their out of contract players new offers, according to Baggies boss Roy Hodgson.
The deals of Keith Andrews and Marton Fulop expire at the end of the season, with Albion having the option to extend the stays of Steven Reid, Paul Scharner, Jerome Thomas and Marc-Antonie Fortune.
But Hodgson says the club are ready to wait and see who they can attract in the transfer window, and how that will affect his squad, before handing out any extensions.
“It’s not just about players whose contracts are running out but about what players will be coming in and how that will affect players whose contracts are running out,” he said.
“It’s a global thing. The players we have got are doing a fine job. I can trust them.
“I left out Scharner and Andrews, put in (Graham) Dorrans and (Youssouf) Mulumbu yet when I put those two on I thought they did a good job for the team.
“We will be looking at those things in context.
“It won’t be a question of do we want him or do we not want him but does he want us?
“It’s a question of ‘if we do want him, will he get enough of a game’? because some of the players who are coming towards the end of their contracts might not thank me for nailing their feet down to the squad if they won’t get a game.”
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