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Contract Takes Pressure Off Hyam
Contract Takes Pressure Off Hyam
Friday, 3rd Feb 2012 08:29

Blues boss Paul Jewell says Luke Hyam’s new one-year contract will take a bit of pressure off the 20-year-old midfielder. Hyam put pen to paper on the deal taking him up to the end of June 2013 earlier in the week.

Although Jewell admits it’s not the longest of contracts, he hints that increased terms could be on offer if he – or any of his other players – continue to show good form: “It’s not a lot in one sense, but we’ve given it to him to take the pressure of him because at one time he couldn’t even get in our reserves.

“He’s a terrific professional, a great lad and he’s taken his chance. I said to them, ‘Listen, if you’re out of the team, whoever you are, don’t ever think that’s just the way it is. If you’re out of the team and you get the call, make sure you’re ready’.

“He’s trained hard in the gym all the time, he’s fit and in the last couple of games he’s shown what he’s capable of. If any players are doing really well here, we don’t want their contracts to run out.”

Hyam and Drury have impressed in the last few games and the Blues boss says the former Luton man’s elevation from fringe player who almost moved to a League Two club on a permanent basis to being a regular starter shows how quickly things can change: “Andy’s been out on loan to Crawley this season and if they’d have agreed a fee he might have gone there. Football is a funny old game with the way things work out sometimes.

“Those two lads have staked their claim for the shirt at the moment and it’s going to be difficult to dislodge them. But there will be other people trying to get them out of the team.”

Jewell says he’s confident that Josh Carson will sign his contract – two years with an option of a third season – with a meeting with his agent scheduled for next week: “I’m meeting Kevin Moran next Tuesday to try and finalise that deal.”

Central defender Tommy Smith’s terms are also up in the summer but the Town manager says he’s not yet talked to the New Zealand international about his situation: “We haven’t spoken to Tommy.

“Sometimes you think maybe we'll see what happens at the end of the season. It’s up to the players, if they perform between now and the end of the season, it’ll put them in a stronger position.

“It might weaken our hand but we’ll deal with those on an individual basis based on how I feel is the best way to handle them.

“At the end of the day, there are an awful lot of factors which go into a contract and it’s more of an issue to the media than it is to the players. When I speak with the guys in the office, most of them are pretty laid back about it.”

Right-back Carlos Edwards’s terms are also up at the end of the season and Jewell says he has talked with the 33-year-old regarding his future: “I spoke to Carlos on Sunday and he’s quite happy to see how things go. He just wants to make sure we’re safe, we’re all right and we’ll have a chat nearer the date [of the end of his contract].”

Edwards’s fellow Trinidadian Jason Scotland was left out of the XI which started against the Hammers but Jewell had praise for the striker: “As I’d expect, he was disappointed but he’s been terrific round the place, Jason Scotland.

“I don’t know what he says because I don’t understand a word he says, but he’s noisy and it’s always positive. I’ve been really impressed with Jason, not just as a player, but as a person.

“He was annoyed that Andy Drury didn’t square one to him on Tuesday, but then he played the nice little ball in for JET there at the end. He played his part.”

The Blues boss says Scotland’s contractual situation – a clause entitling him to another year at his current wage will be triggered after he makes three more starts – will have no bearing on whether the former Wigan and Swansea man is in the team: “Jason will not not play because of the clause in his contract.”

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SamPentas added 08:43 - Feb 3
Sounds fair enough! Gives them the insentive to carry on performing, instead of relaxing! Although would like to see Tommy and Josh sign new contracts VERY soon!
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cornishnick added 09:19 - Feb 3
What about Leadboots' contract? Not saying I necessarily see a future for him at Town, but he's still young and has a value. Better signing him up and then selling him on rather letting him go on a free like Norris.
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Keaneish added 09:52 - Feb 3
Carson would be silly not to sign and with an ex-pro like Moran as his agent it should be a matter of course surely? Sign Tommy up too!
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Bleedingblue added 09:52 - Feb 3
"'if any players are doing really well here, we don't want them to run out." Could this be a swipe or comment aimed at Leadbitter? Basically telling him to earn his next deal?
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TractorMan added 09:55 - Feb 3
The fact that he hasn't even spoken to Tommy, but has been offering terms to Carson, Hyam etc would be a fairly strong indication that Jewell isn't too worried if Smith leaves in the summer? All have been out of the team, especially Hyam, so seeing him have a new 18 month contract will hopefully spur on Tommy to do well for the rest of the season and earn a new deal.

Smith is never more than a back-up at this level I believe, but a good inexpensive squad player to have.

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Sindre94 added 09:56 - Feb 3
Leadbitter can go, ijwt
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pazelle added 10:25 - Feb 3
Take the pressure off of Carson and Smith n all Jewell our kid!
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singtown added 11:15 - Feb 3
Should earn more than a 1 year contract. We need to keep these youngsters to inject more pace & creativity. Surely cheaper than trying to buy expensive young talents from other clubs!

PJ should be reminded that other teams could also make a move for our young players, don't be complacent!
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Mark added 12:56 - Feb 3
If Smith keeps playing well he has to be worth a contract given that his wages must be quite affordable and we always need defensive cover.

I suspect Edwards would need to take a big pay cut given his age, and I have a feeling he may move on. A shame in some ways as he is full of confidence and is a good player, just not a solid right-back. Perhaps worthy of consideration for the right-wing though if we can keep him.

Scotland's contract option I suspect would be expensive, but surely he will make 3 starts in the remaining 18 games to trigger it.

I am glad Leadbitter is not mentioned as he can leave. A tragic £2.7M Roy Keane signing on big wages who hasn't performed above mediocrity. He may regret not accepting Ipswich's contract offer, as in this era of financial constraints is a club really going to break the bank for him given his poor record and goal ratio?
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rosseden added 16:04 - Feb 3
id more than happily see Scotlands term extended by a year, but never more than one year, he seems to play better in his last year! As for Smith, most people would have sacked him themselves after some of his earlier performances, so i think as with Cressy and Hyam, prove youre solid Tommy and you'll get a deal if youre the age you are! Think Edwards might stay as a squad player on a reduced rate too..... we shall see though, he might go to the US where he can take a test and drive again (i think?!) then again, maybe stability with the sick kiddies might be better..... id not be too fussed either way as long as get some decent people in!

Leadboots is gone, might not see him in a town shirt again (fingers crossed)
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saffronblue added 16:15 - Feb 3
rosseden, tend to agree, but I hope Smith gets a run and proves his worth and that Hyam gets an improved contract in the summer following an extended and successful run in the team. Not sure about Edwards unless he is seen as back up on the wing.
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Lightningboy added 23:34 - Feb 3
Re Hyam...stop farting around and give the lad a decent contract.
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Sorry added 08:36 - Feb 4
I´d offer Tommy an extension now to be honest. He's at least good enough to be a squad player here, and I'd rather have squad players who've grown up at the club that have to go out and find new ones. If he's great between now and the Summer it'll be more difficult and more expensive to sign him up too...

The whole "get them playing for contracts" is poor practice IMO. Firstly because the club should have a more long-term view of who they want at the club, and who has the necessary qualities. It shouldn't be based on good or bad half-seasons and patches of form. Secondly, if PJ's players are only motivated to play because they want a new deal then he's not doing his job properly. It's not that hard to convince footballers that they're better off giving 100% on the pitch than not. Even the most mercenary player can recognise that working hard over time is going to get him the bigger contracts and better rewards. I'm not buying this "keep them hungry" stuff.
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WorcesterBlue added 09:36 - Feb 4
Agree with Sorry. And I'm sorry to be negative in a good week for the team but PJ just hasn't got a clue about msnagement - it's like he's playing at toy soldiers not managing a football team.
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