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No Contract Talks Yet

Braveheart boss Malky Mackay has confirmed that talks between the club and out-of-contract first-teamers Jon Harley, John Eustace, Will Hoskins and Richard Lee are yet to begin.

Earlier in the season it was confirmed Captain America, Jay DeMerit would wait until after the World Cup in South Africa before sorting out his Hornet's future.

However, the futures of Hoskins and Lee in particular look a let less clear-cut. In recent months the likes of Marvin Sordell and Liam Henderson have been preferred on the bench ahead of former Rotherham misfit Hoskins who only scored his first 'Orns goal last term, three seasons after arriving in a 1m+ swoop!

Richard Lee has only managed two League Cup starts this campaign, but was prevented from joining Bucks outfit Wycombe on-loan before they swooped for Manchester United stopper Tom Heaton on-loan. Lee only penned a one year contract last Summer in spite of wanting a two-year deal.

Harley and Eustace appear to have the best chance of extending their stays in WD18. Despite being stripped of his #8 jersey over the Summer, Eustace has been a key figure in the Hornet's midfield and has struck up a fruitful partnership in the middle with Arsenal young gun, Henri Lansbury. And, with a side seriously lacking in the experience stakes, keeping heads such as Eustace aboard will be crucial in the development of the Hornet's hottest prospects.

For Jon Harley, the season has been a frustrating one with only eleven league starts, but a further 16 league appearances coming from the subs bench. However Harley is one of the few left-footed players in the squad and has more experience than much of the first team put together. Throw into the equation his versatility and it would make sense to retain his services come the Summer.

The key factor in all of these deals is of course, wages, and how affordable the players are versus their effectiveness and whether someone more useful will become available on lesser wages.

Youngsters Dale Bennet, Jordan Parkes, Jonathan North, Lewis Young, Billy Gibson and Liam Henderson are all also out of contract come July.




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Writer: wfc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 21 2010

Time: 6:01PM

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I really want Eustace to get given a new contract - as for Demerit I kinda hope he falls flat on his face at the World Cup and nobody touches him - why has he suddenly gone all billy big biscuit on us?
DrWatford
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21/02/2010 18:19:00

Yeah I hope Harley and Eustace are given another year. Wouldn't mind DeMerit staying but he's the highest earner on that list. As for the others, I think the boy Bennett is good and Gibson decent prospect too.
wfc123
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21/02/2010 21:34:00

I do not see why JDM is attacked by Dr W. He is 30, cost us nothing and has given us six years good service. Of course he will get offers outside of our budget and good luck to him. Eustace will need to drop wages by c 2/3 and JH by at least a third to stay. Good pro`s but will JE take it and can we justify re-signing JH when he is rarely a starter?
Dirk Thrust
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22/02/2010 10:02:00

Allegedly, allegedly, Eustace took some sort of cut already to remain this seaon. It's been mooted he waived an appearance bonus or something of the like? I wonder how happy or otherwise he will be to take another cut as he must be amongst the highest earners having signed when we had two pennies to rub together. With regards to Jay DeMerit, as I said, I'd like to see him stay, he's a good solid defender and by all accounts much improved with Martin Taylor next to him. I don't think we will be able to keep him on his current deal, and again I doubt he will want to take a cut at his age, so a move may be best for all parties. To be honest though I can't blame him for waiting until after the World Cup; he knows full well the financial situation and it puts him im in the window if he goes with the USA and does well.
wfc123
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22/02/2010 10:13:00

Of all the out of contract players I would only sign Lee, Bennett & North again. JE & JH again ok, IF we can agree terms. WH needs to go & Young has not progressed,Parkes is not good enough and not I am not convinced by LH but not fully sure about binning him. Gibson now blocked by new left winger from Rochdale so little point.
Dirk Thrust
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22/02/2010 10:22:00

DeMerit is gonna go to the highest bidder if he can prove his worth in the world cup, we all look to better ourselves, so good luck to him. Certain people seem to know what wages players on, which i fine strange. Eustace did take a paycut of sorts, weather it was appaearance money or bonus, i only know that because i saw him signing the contracts in the excutive lounge at the Blackpool match and i asked him if he was going and he told me what he was doing.
ANDY710
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24/02/2010 09:05:00

Eustace & Sadler are on c 7k-8k pw. JE dropped his high appearance money in order to play. If he will take c3kpw we will re-sign him.
Dirk Thrust
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25/02/2010 08:52:00

My contract as secret love stud to all the beautiful 18-25 year old women in London has now been extended for another 10 years.
Dirk Thrust
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26/02/2010 16:42:00

 

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