SWINDON TOWN: Stars must wait on contracts

Town boss Paolo Di Canio

Town boss Paolo Di Canio

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PAOLO Di Canio has told his out of contract players they will have to wait until April to have their County Ground futures resolved, as the Italian urges his squad to concentrate on their League One promotion challenge.

Captain Alan McCormack, Simon Ferry, Nathan Thompson, Aden Flint, Joe Devera, Raffa De Vita and Tommy Miller are all inside the last six months of their current deals, while youngsters Miles Storey and Leigh Bedwell are coming to the end of their first professional contracts.

Di Canio doesn’t want to lose his star performers, but has urged his players to be patient at a time when they are gunning for promotion and the club is in the process of being taken over.

“I told them about the situation because this is not the moment, I want them to concentrate although we can mention,” he said.

“Nathan Thompson, Simon Ferry, I know the situation, I saw the interviews. I told them they are good lads, but we can’t talk about this until April because the new owners are to arrive at the County Ground.

“We don’t know what is going on, and even if we sort out everything we can’t lose time and energy to sit down and negotiate again, because we have to focus our attention on the games.”

The Italian has also told his players the best way to cast their contract worries aside is to concentrate on performing on the pitch, and if they do, they will get their rewards.

“Even if Paolo Di Canio goes mad and doesn’t want to keep them here, if we win and they are protagonists they have a better chance of going somewhere else, a better place and get better money and more long a contract,” he said.

“So it can be worse, even if Simon has a kid, but I don’t think he is going to have a problem if I don’t keep him here, although obviously I want to keep him all life for the player he is and the professional he is.”

“I convince them in this manner, ‘if it depends on me I give three years contract to everybody in this moment because you all deserve it, a stable situation for the future and focus only on the game and be professional.’

“I say, ‘you have to be intelligent, it is not the moment. You have the potential to stay close there and confirm you are winners. Show you can play regularly at this level at nearly the top, and if I keep you are going to be happy. Maybe it is better for you to have the chance to move on, I say, thank you we receive an offer from the Championship for three years’. 

“This is the best situation for them, especially the youngest.”

“No discussion about contracts until April."

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6:46am Sat 2 Feb 13

pdc does wot he wants says...

definitely more positive than the other story this was obviously from the same interview and pdc is talking about the summer. i think as long as everything goes well this week and we get the three players we should have paolo will stay fingers crossed . one of the reasons he doesn't want to talk about contracts now is that if we go up there's only ferry , thompson and storey worth keeping
definitely more positive than the other story this was obviously from the same interview and pdc is talking about the summer. i think as long as everything goes well this week and we get the three players we should have paolo will stay fingers crossed . one of the reasons he doesn't want to talk about contracts now is that if we go up there's only ferry , thompson and storey worth keeping pdc does wot he wants
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6:53am Sat 2 Feb 13

alchafreds says...

pdc does wot he wants wrote:
definitely more positive than the other story this was obviously from the same interview and pdc is talking about the summer. i think as long as everything goes well this week and we get the three players we should have paolo will stay fingers crossed . one of the reasons he doesn't want to talk about contracts now is that if we go up there's only ferry , thompson and storey worth keeping
id put devera & foderingham in there too
[quote][p][bold]pdc does wot he wants[/bold] wrote: definitely more positive than the other story this was obviously from the same interview and pdc is talking about the summer. i think as long as everything goes well this week and we get the three players we should have paolo will stay fingers crossed . one of the reasons he doesn't want to talk about contracts now is that if we go up there's only ferry , thompson and storey worth keeping[/p][/quote]id put devera & foderingham in there too alchafreds
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7:20am Sat 2 Feb 13

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

This was obviously said prior to his negative statement.
This was obviously said prior to his negative statement. Ollie Reed's Parky dance!
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8:28am Sat 2 Feb 13

smirg kcab says...

This should have been the statement six weeks ago not now.
Well done marmite
Onwards and upwards
This should have been the statement six weeks ago not now. Well done marmite Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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1:28pm Sat 2 Feb 13

old town robin says...

pdc does wot he wants wrote:
definitely more positive than the other story this was obviously from the same interview and pdc is talking about the summer. i think as long as everything goes well this week and we get the three players we should have paolo will stay fingers crossed . one of the reasons he doesn't want to talk about contracts now is that if we go up there's only ferry , thompson and storey worth keeping
Storey has a long way to go before I would consider him one of our star players, but probably he is worth a new contract, if he had been fit I think he might have gone out on loan to gain experience, not sure about Bedwell, think we will bring in another goalie in the summer, but most clubs have at least 3, so still time for him to mature, another that would benefit from some loan time once we have cover.

A bit harsh on the others you don't think we should keep, firstly if we don't win promotion they still have alot to offer, maybe they won't be first choice, but still think they are good squad players and deserve their chance if we do go up. Obviously Miller is the wrong side of 30 and could move on to make room for a player of Packs potential, but hey ho what do i know, we move out more than 20 + when Paolo arrived and another 20+ at the beginning of this season. So there will be changes, really depends if he is still here and which level we are playing at.
[quote][p][bold]pdc does wot he wants[/bold] wrote: definitely more positive than the other story this was obviously from the same interview and pdc is talking about the summer. i think as long as everything goes well this week and we get the three players we should have paolo will stay fingers crossed . one of the reasons he doesn't want to talk about contracts now is that if we go up there's only ferry , thompson and storey worth keeping[/p][/quote]Storey has a long way to go before I would consider him one of our star players, but probably he is worth a new contract, if he had been fit I think he might have gone out on loan to gain experience, not sure about Bedwell, think we will bring in another goalie in the summer, but most clubs have at least 3, so still time for him to mature, another that would benefit from some loan time once we have cover. A bit harsh on the others you don't think we should keep, firstly if we don't win promotion they still have alot to offer, maybe they won't be first choice, but still think they are good squad players and deserve their chance if we do go up. Obviously Miller is the wrong side of 30 and could move on to make room for a player of Packs potential, but hey ho what do i know, we move out more than 20 + when Paolo arrived and another 20+ at the beginning of this season. So there will be changes, really depends if he is still here and which level we are playing at. old town robin
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