Edwards Keen to Stay With Town Thursday, 23rd Feb 2012 16:22
Current skipper Carlos Edwards says he’s happy at Town and would love to stay beyond the end of his current contract, which is up in the summer. The 33-year-old has captained the Blues to back-to-back victories in the last two matches and has missed only one game this season.
Edwards said: “I would love to stay, I am happy here and most importantly, my family are happy here.
“I am not the only player out of contract in the summer but I think it is a big thing because maybe I am one of the more consistent players.
“People will look at it and might think why doesn’t the club sign him up instead of letting it drag on, but I am just concentrating on my football at the moment.
“I would consider a pay-cut, maybe not many players would say that, but I would have to weigh up my options because I have a family to look after.
“If they are happy, then the football takes care of itself. If they are not happy, then you might take that into work and not do things the right way.”
Last year, the Trinidad and Tobago international turned down the offer of a new two-year deal on lower wages instead opting to take a further season on his current salary which was triggered when he had made a set number of appearances.
I think Carlos has really grown into the RB role, nowhere near as many scares as there used to be with him at the back, but then again the whole back four look more settled and calm so maybe this was to be expected?
Sign him up, he has his faults but even at 33, how many can beat him for pace. He is also probably our most comfortable on the ball, premier class which was evident in the games against Arsenal last year. Keep it up Carlos.
'Maybe i am one of the more consistent players'. if only you was Carlos you would have already got a deal! one year extension at most, wouldn't be disappointed to see us replace him for a proper right back and give him a crack on the wing again.
I agree Samwhiteuk - he's a definite for a new contract as is Tommy. Praise has to go to Hutchings and Co for finally getting what looks like a n understanding at the back...mind you it has taken a year! Still early days yet though but agreed, carlos has looked much better over the last couple of months.
Id be happy to see Carlos on a new 2yr deal,has been exceptional this season and nowhere near as bad as the sheep make out.Never beaten for pace and superb going forward,has obviously kept himself very fit.Even when the form was a little ropey(early season)the majority of the goals conceded were thru the middle or down our left but people of a static mindset chose to ignore this fact and we were treated to the familiar and boring"Edwards again" when it wasnt!!
A consistent performer who after several years of service - 100% effort - to ITFC should be treated better. Why no new deal? Poor by PJ and Clegg. Looks as though, despite promises - they have failed to learn from last years mistakes.
Edwards would still be better suited to a midfield role though.
Edwards, now Captain, with more responsibility is starting to look a class act, thanks to Luke Hyam covering for any attacking misdemeaners, plus JET now starting to learn the defensive game, is well worth an extension to his contract, but might have to take a pay cut to come in line with other team players.
Shows how fickle us fans are, a couple of months ago I'd have said no way as he's been a liability at the back and I thought we had better attacking midfield options. No that it's evident that Lee Martin isn't a winger and Carson still learning maybe he is deserving of a new one if not two year contract but, on a lower wage because hopefully we'll get a natural RB in during the summer which will allow Carlos into a RW role and could become a super sub in the latter stages of his career.
Carlos, you have earn't another year at least, probably another 2 years. It is good to see you are being realistic about wages too, as at your age (old for a footballer), no-one is going to give you mega bucks unless you have been cutting it at premier league standard for a good few years (ie. like Bowyer)
I think CE and many other players might be in for a bit of a shock this summer. The new financial fair play thinking is going to start coming into the equation and contracts on offer might be quite a lot less than they are used to.
I'd like to see him signed up, but I don't think he will be in any rush to sign any deal that is offered, which is likely to be at least 25% lower than his current deal.
A definate yes for me he seems to have settled down now and understands his defensive duties much better plus when we have the chance to break he still has plenty of pace - see Chopras goal vs Cardiff.
If anyone read what he asked for it was lower wages but higher match fees BIG DEAL so he is still looking for the big wage packet. He will find out in the summer that there are 100's of players looking for a club.
Sign him up on a one year deal on the lower wage offered but no extra money for games played.
To the people who say we should just sign him up on the terms he is looking for are you the same ones who want lowerpriced tickets to see the games?
If he stays, great, but on our terms not his
What ever we think he is not a full back, The c/halfs and midfield players have to move across when he goes missing thus leaving space in the middle. Good going forward, but so is Carson and Murphy, money would be better spent on wages on a new younger full back.
Has probably been one of our better players this year, can play in a few positions and has experience- so all good things. Has had a good fitness record this year. I would offer him a contract- 1 year, if he plays 25 games next season either team or him can trigger another year. Sounds like the sort of thing that gets agreed now a days. Definitely correct to get in another right back but there does not seem to be any other cover in the club. Town are trying to reduce the Town bill to be in line with the new financial rules so likely that the high earners will not be at portman Road next year- except Bullard.
I think we need to be careful with the optimism, the side looks massively more compact, organised and mobile than the team who went 6 unbeaten in September and things feel 'more right' but we may only be a Sonko Howler from us going back on a bad run .
I had my doubts like everyone else but I think one year at reduced wages does not do anyone any harm. it also gives Town time to find a suitable replacement and Edwards has improved whilst this contract dilemma has been hanging over his head.