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Contract Problems at the Liberty

Contract Problems at the Liberty

Swansea City defender Kevin Austin is close to signing a contract extension with the club. In spite of this though the club are thought to be frustrated over the status of 5 other out of contract players.

Garry Monk, Steven Watt, Kristian O Leary, Izzy Iriekpen and Bayo Akifenwa's future is less than secure. Roberto Martinez had offered the players new terms but there has been little movement on confirmed reports that those new contracts will be signed.

An unnamed source at the club stated to the South Wales Evening Post

''The offers have been made to the players in good faith and yet the club have been left in limbo at a time when we need to push on, finalize our budgets and see what money is available to strengthen the squad....but the impression we're getting is that they aren't that bothered about staying...frustration is certainly growing within the club.'

This is certainly a disappointment for the club as Martinez continues to plan for next season.

These players might be holding out for better offers but we must commend the club for holding firm over these issues. In the past the board have caved into player demands such as the Andy Robinson contract extension.

Roberto has a clear aim to reduce the wage bill and outlaying costs of the club.

There are some players like Iriekpen who, in the past few months, have stated their desire to leave. He has had an unstable effect on the side and has been petulant on and off the field of play.

If these players don't want to play for the club then they must be released as much as we would like money for these players we must not engage in a 'Knightgate' scenario which cost us dearly.

Commitment to this club is needed and if these players don't want to play for their shirts then let them leave.

Steven Watt has not made an impact within the club since joining from Chelsea, Iriekpen has been an unsteady influence this season and Garry Monk has been criticized over his ability to play at this level.

Kevin Austin meanwhile looks to be the only player committing his future to the club. There will be more departures this summer - its a case of when not if.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday May 30 2007
Time: 10:27AM


wouldn't miss any of them really, although Bayo could still do a job here when fully fit. Izzy, Monk, Watt and Austin can all go though if they want but that means signing quite a few defenders this summer.
30/05/2007 12:04:00
i know izzy want a move to southend. i dont know about the others, but monk and watty are all ***** heads and they want be miss.
30/05/2007 14:41:00
Kevin Austin appears to want to stay and has been in discussions with the club. I suppose the other players agents have been busy approaching other clubs. If no-one else wants them, and they have not proved their fitness after long term injuries, then they will accept Marinez's offer. If that is the case, then I would not want them in the squad.
30/05/2007 16:24:00
What is Monk playing at? He is meant to be the team captain! That comes with responsibility!! We all know he has been criticised but surely he should lead by example to his other team mates! Weve got better players that can do his job yet he wont commit and try to fight for his place and the honour of wearing the captains arm band! I think its shameful what he is doing!
jack hammers
30/05/2007 22:25:00
Wont miss any of them except Bayo!
01/06/2007 11:25:00
They need to be given a deadline now. Sign up or go, simple as because it doesn't look as if we're going to budge and up our offers. They've got to remember they're still on 3rd division players.
02/06/2007 00:38:00
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