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Edwards Frustrated at Lack of New Deal
Edwards Frustrated at Lack of New Deal
Tuesday, 7th Feb 2012 10:29

Right-back Carlos Edwards is reported to be frustrated that Town are yet to offer him a new contract. The 33-year-old Trinidadian is one of 11 players whose terms are up at the end of the campaign*.

Speaking last week, manager Paul Jewell said he had held talks with the former Sunderland man and that he was OK with the situation: “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].”

However, a source close to the player is reported to have said that that’s far from the case with Edwards, who is keen to end his career with the Blues, wanting his future sorted but with the club yet to sit down to discuss new terms: “The manager keeps saying that he has concerns over Carlos’s age and weaknesses as a defender.

“Well, he has started all but one league game this season and not once been in the treatment room, while it’s the manager who is playing him at right-back.”

Edwards turned down a new two-year deal at the end of last season, which would have seen him take a 20 per cent cut in wages, instead choosing to trigger a one-year clause in his previous deal on the same salary. Fellow Trinidadian Jason Scotland has a similar clause in his contract which will be triggered after three more league starts.

The one-time Wrexham and Luton man is believed to have proposed a deal to the club which would see his basic wage reduced but with more significant appearance payments and the option of a second year if he makes 23 appearances during the first.

LA Galaxy’s reported interest in signing the right-back or right midfielder is said to have cooled but a number of Championship sides are believed to be eyeing his situation.

Meanwhile, Town’s reserves are in action in a behind-closed-doors friendly at home to Leyton Orient this afternoon.

* Edwards, Tommy Smith, Josh Carson, Grant Leadbitter, Jason Scotland, Lee Bowyer, Richard Wright, Mark Kennedy, Ibrahima Sonko, Cody Cropper and Cormac Burke.

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MarcFowler added 10:42 - Feb 7
I would DEFINITELY sign him up. He is our most agile player by FAR and I'd give him 2 years as he has proposed and that's the end of it.

He is brilliant.

Fine - a bit defensively weak, but he is improving in that area and he's excellent going forwards.
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MaySixth added 10:42 - Feb 7
He has got no right to moan. We have stuck with him and supported him after he turned down a two-year deal last season.
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DoctorPolski added 10:45 - Feb 7
Well at least the club have learned their lesson from previous years and don't have an entire squads worth of players playing out the last few months of their contracts as the season runs down...
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Dozzells_Bobblehat added 10:47 - Feb 7
If the report is right i would agree to the appearance deal. We need to sign a RB but Edwards will be decent cover and also useful to have in the squad for RM. Hopefully Carson will sign cos i think he could play a big part in the next two or three years.
Would offer Smith and Sonko another year and Scotland hopefully will trigger his deal. Leadbitter, Bowyer, and Kennedy can all go, Wright sounds like he is off , and dont know enough about the other two to say, but our wage bill should be dropping which will give PJ some more cash.
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irishtim added 10:48 - Feb 7
One year deal is enough getting too old. we need new rb then he wont be a regular.
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dazz added 10:49 - Feb 7
I really think we need to keep Carlos. He's one of our best palyers when he has the ball at his fit and other than JET has the cleanest strike. He has been a lot more solid recently at RB and I believe he is learning. Where he has been let down is the RCB playing alongside him and RM not tracking back..
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The_Messiah added 10:49 - Feb 7
With all of his 'off-field' problems he's lucky the club have stuck by him at all! Be grateful for what you have and discuss at the end of the season when we see where the club is....
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RevAdrian added 10:51 - Feb 7
Now, at the end of a great week of results we have this (maybe) unsettling story. Personally I think that what is far more important than whether or not Carlos signs is that the club simply has to get on top of the rumour machine. It is not always in their control of course but it is the responsibility of management to at least minimise the extent of stories where a player is, apparently, saying on thing (who knows really?) and PJ and/or SC and/or ME something different. It isn't of course remotely as important as what happens on the pitch but it can sap the confidence of supporters and others - as well as making the top management of ITFC look foolish - hmm!
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itfc1981 added 10:53 - Feb 7
You cant have it both way Edwards. You took the 1 year when you should have taken the club up on yet another crazy 2 year deal for a suspect old player.
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Wallingford_Boy added 10:56 - Feb 7
MASSIVE weak link in the team, looks like we are wisely letting him go.

Keep Scotland/Carson/Bowyer.. let the rest go.
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Martus added 10:56 - Feb 7
I like Edwards, as Marc Fowler said he is good going forward but a bit weak defensively. RB is a position he was forced in to and when/if a good RB comes along i would like to see him play RM as i think he is one of our best players technique wise and can actually run with the ball. Still got a few years in him, so sign him up, he's earned this new contract.
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bluelady added 10:57 - Feb 7
age is irrelevant really he still has more pace than a number of younger players. WANTS to end his career at town so wears the shirt with pride and as others to say with the ball at this feet he can run rings around many a defender. Ok not the best right back, but good cover and an excellent winger. Come on town i thought we had put an end to loosing players cause we wont sort out a deal......
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textbackup added 11:01 - Feb 7
give him a year, we should be bringing in a young RB for next season so he wont be a regular
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heady added 11:01 - Feb 7
Wallingford_Boy - I think he's done an ok job considering he's playing out of position and alongside 2 fairly poor CB's. If you can't see his quality on the ball then you clearly have no idea or don't go to watch us.
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raze added 11:06 - Feb 7
quality on the ball is not the issue, its that he cant' defend for toffee when he doesn't have it..

granted he's out of position, but itfc1981 got it spot on, wants to have his cake and eat it.
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Wallingford_Boy added 11:08 - Feb 7
heady - he is a hopeless RB and an average winger, if we are going to challenge next season we need better - simples.
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cornishnick added 11:10 - Feb 7
Not overly bothered one way or the other tbh. The weakest part of his game is defending, which for a defender isn't good. We desperately need a specialist in the position for next season, but if his demands were reasonable, I'd keep Edwards around for his versatility down the right.
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DiamondGezzer added 11:11 - Feb 7
Carlos Edwards gives an awful lot more than some of the players of his age. Yes, suspect at the back, but that isn't his fault we know it isn't his position. Like to see him offered something. Also, nice to see he wants to finish his career with us and not bugger off with another club for a final pay day.
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Surco72 added 11:12 - Feb 7
Was offered 2 year deal turned it down now suddenly wants to end his career at Town ?
Very poor right back and should not be ahead of Jet, or Carson or Drury at right midfield so offer him the same reduced wage deal or let him drift away with Leadbitter and Kennedy

And to who ever said he is being let down by weak centre backs ,get a grip it is the other way round ,Edwards is constantly out of position that his fellow defenders have to cover and is far to easily beaten one on one or allows a cross into the box putting pressure on the centre backs .He has played there now for over a year and has hardly improved defensively
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naa added 11:14 - Feb 7
Must admit age is irrelevant. They have ProZone at town don't they? They must know he covers probably twice the distance of most of the other players.

He isn't a great defender, but then he never claimed to be, he was a square peg solution that Jewell has strangely not tried to fix despite signing loads of players. He doesn't have the best final ball in the world, but would be an excellent squad player - assuming he is happy to be on the fringes, which he might not.

I'm also a little worried that Jewell has stopped Scotland short of his appearance trigger. I'm not too worried about him not getting starts at the moment, but I do think he's been decent this year and deserves a contract extension. I'd rather see Jewell only tinker with the team next year (defence being the obvious area of change) and not force himself into wholesale signings by letting perfectly good players leave.
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casanovacrow added 11:30 - Feb 7
Edwards goodbye, gonna want stupid wages, get in a proper RB
Tommy Smith keep him on, he's young, great potential, not been on great form. wont break the wage structure in the slightest
Josh Carson sign him up asap before others talk to him and push up his wage demands.
Grant Leadbitter can go, huge waste of money keeping him, Drury, Hyam, Stevenson and Bullard all ahead of him in the pecking order ...I'd sooner bring back Jim Magilton than play his lazy ass.
Jason Scotland, keep him on one more year
Lee Bowyer old, injured, high wages, loads of better options in our squad
Richard Wright, he's off to USA, simples
Mark Kennedy he's as good as gone already tbh
Ibrahima Sonko as much as I like the guy I would despair if we keep him, he's cost us so many goals this season
Cody Cropper, keep unless we can actually find a couple of decent keepers out there, not easy these days.
and Cormac Burke can go too
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casanovacrow added 11:30 - Feb 7
Edwards goodbye, gonna want stupid wages, get in a proper RB
Tommy Smith keep him on, he's young, great potential, not been on great form. wont break the wage structure in the slightest
Josh Carson sign him up asap before others talk to him and push up his wage demands.
Grant Leadbitter can go, huge waste of money keeping him, Drury, Hyam, Stevenson and Bullard all ahead of him in the pecking order ...I'd sooner bring back Jim Magilton than play his lazy ass.
Jason Scotland, keep him on one more year
Lee Bowyer old, injured, high wages, loads of better options in our squad
Richard Wright, he's off to USA, simples
Mark Kennedy he's as good as gone already tbh
Ibrahima Sonko as much as I like the guy I would despair if we keep him, he's cost us so many goals this season
Cody Cropper, keep unless we can actually find a couple of decent keepers out there, not easy these days.
and Cormac Burke can go too
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algarvefan added 11:35 - Feb 7
I'd only give him another year at the same rate, work for the second my son!!
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austractor added 11:35 - Feb 7
If he had clubs knocking on his door he would have gone in January.

I think he is definitely worth keeping on for at least another year, and whilst right back is not his first position he can only play where he is put and it's inaccurate to suggest he is the weak link in what has been a collectively crappy team.
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AlanMahon2011 added 11:37 - Feb 7
Sell Bowyer instead, that guy is a scumbag.
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