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.