Friday, 16 March 2012

Andrews talks put on hold

Roy Hodgson will wait until nearer the end of the season before negotiating the future of in-form midfielder Keith Andrews and Albion's other out-of-contract players.
Andrews penned a short-term deal at the Hawthorns that expires in the summer when he arrived from Blackburn on a free transfer in January.
He has impressed for the Baggies so far, scoring two goals in four Premier League appearances.
But Hodgson insists 31-year-old Andrews, and his team-mates who are also on expiring deals, must be patient over extending their contracts.


"He has only been here a few weeks and there are still 10 games to go so there is a lot of football to be played," he told the Express & Star.
"I don't think we're going to fall into the trap where if someone has three good games the world is their oyster and three bad games suddenly means we don't mention their name again.
"I don't think we'll be judging in those terms. We know what Keith can do and we know his qualities and we're very pleased with them.
"But it will be very important that, when we sit down and offer him a new contract, he knows exactly what role we see for him and I don't really want to do that with any player at the moment.
"It could be any one of a number of players whose contracts are running out and who might want a new contract, I will be saying 'let's get a few weeks further down the road before we make a decision'."
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