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Bart Signs New Town Contract
Monday, 16th Jul 2018 14:24

Town have confirmed that keeper Bartosz Bialkowski has signed his new deal, a three-year contract with an option for a further season.

The Blues rebuffed offers from Birmingham - an initial £2.75 million offer before a later bid of £3 million - to keep hold of Bialkowski, whose current terms were up at the end of the coming season.

“We did receive bids for Bart but they were rejected very quickly,” owner Marcus Evans confirmed to the club site.

“It was always my intention to try and keep him at this football club. Bart made it clear he wanted to stay as well but it was important to reach an agreement that was right for all parties.

“I’m delighted - and I’m sure the supporters are as well - that we have been able to do that.”

We understand weekend reports in the national press claiming the deal is worth £20,000 a week are a significant exaggeration, although the 31-year-old has received a substantial pay rise and will now be one of the club’s top earners.

The move to keep the Polish international, who returned to the Blues today following his post-World Cup break, will be hugely popular with fans who have voted Bialkowski their Player of the Year for the last three seasons.

The former Notts County and Southampton man putting pen to paper ends six months of uncertainty regarding his future.

In January, following interest from Crystal Palace, former manager Mick McCarthy prematurely announced that a new contract had been agreed.

However, Bialkowski later confirmed that there were still aspects of those terms to be finalised and talks were continuing, although he had every intention of remaining with the Blues.

Town expected interest in the summer and the bids from Birmingham duly arrived, however, discussions regarding the new deal - a year longer than the January terms - were already under way with only minor aspects needing to be concluded upon his return to the club today.

Bialkowski will be in the squad which travels to East Grinstead Town's East Court tomorrow to face League Two Crawley Town, but Danish international left-back Jonas Knudsen, who was also at the World Cup, has been given a further week away.

Town could announce another deal later today with Peterborough winger Gwion Edwards close to completing a £700,000 move.

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robmonkey007 added 14:25 - Jul 16
it'll take a lot to beat that as a signing this summer. A fantastic player who can turn losses into draws and draws into wins. Very happy. Now lets get a centre back in front of him!

RevAdrian added 14:27 - Jul 16

deano85 added 14:27 - Jul 16
Wow, this will put his value up...

But seriously, this is brilliant news!

Tufty added 14:29 - Jul 16
Wonderful news onwards and upwards and thank you Bart for your loyalty

casanovacrow added 14:29 - Jul 16
Most important news of the summer. Gives us a fighting chance.

dizzle added 14:29 - Jul 16
I hope his tshirt isn’t right and this is just an illusion!?

Great work. Well done to all at the club. COYB!!

Grimsbyblue added 14:29 - Jul 16
Get in there! Really chuffed and a big statement of intent to would be bidders.

BlueandTruesince82 added 14:30 - Jul 16

What does this show us? Things take time. A bit of patience can be rewarded.

Good news

tempzzzz added 14:31 - Jul 16

tempzzzz added 14:31 - Jul 16

cowboynickblue added 14:31 - Jul 16
Feels like a new signing as i had him down to go. Excellent news.

Currie10 added 14:31 - Jul 16
Release clause!? ;)

How long does it take for a piece of paper to be signed!? two second job ;)

Pleased it's done that being said.

whosroundisitanyway added 14:32 - Jul 16
Big Pole in the goal la la la la la!!!!!!!!!

agentp added 14:32 - Jul 16
Phew, hopefully a little less bedwetting from the depressed minority.

howdonblue added 14:34 - Jul 16

warwickblue added 14:35 - Jul 16
I am very pleased to hear it.

chicoazul added 14:39 - Jul 16
Hooray! Very good. Perhaps the purse strings are indeed being loosened now.

Northstander_Blue added 14:40 - Jul 16
This will be the BEST signing of the summer

TimmyH added 14:40 - Jul 16
Phew! vastly exaggerated that he was getting 20K a that's good news.

Even better news that one of the best goalies in this league is here for the foreseeable!

Well done all and cheers Bart man.

SheptonMalletBlue added 14:46 - Jul 16
Boooooom Baby!!!!!!!!!!!

Len_Brennan added 14:47 - Jul 16
Great news, gives a boost of stability to the club at an important time. Shows potential signings that we are not a club where our best players are trying to leave. At the very worst, it will mean any potential transfer bids, which may still come, will have to be far more than might have secured his service with the clock running out on his old deal.

rfretwell added 14:48 - Jul 16
Great stuff Bart! A huge bid could come in tho still remember.

RegencyBlue added 14:49 - Jul 16
Good news!

I’m guessing there will be a release clause but hopefully it’s a massive amount.

TractorBeezer added 14:49 - Jul 16
FANTASTIC! Well done Marcus. We can continue to build and develop with confidence.

dubblue added 14:56 - Jul 16
Agree excellent news! I note he "will now be one of the club’s top earners" given this is the latest signing and he has been player of the season for the last couple of years, who could be earning/deserves to be earning more??

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