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Chambers Accepts Contract Talks Will Have to Wait
Friday, 14th Dec 2018 15:31

Skipper Luke Chambers says he understands why he might have to wait for an offer of a new Town contract with his current terms up at the end of the season.

Chambers, 33, was made to wait last time his deal was close to being up with the Blues looking over their shoulder throughout the 2016/17 campaign, although ultimately never in serious danger of going down. As Town’s position became safer, the Blues took up an option on his previous contract and then offered him a new two-year deal.

Given the present even more concerning position, the former Nottingham Forest and Northampton man realises that the club may well hold back on offering terms.

“We were in a relegation scrap then and that came into the club’s thinking before so it’s certainly going to come into it now because we are in a worse position. I get that,” he writes in his column in Saturday’s match programme.

“I’d like to think that if we do get out of it and I’m playing week in, week out I’ll be worthy of a new contract but football is a funny game. You just never know.

“In an ideal world I would like things sorted a bit sooner than they were last time but we will have to wait and see. What matters most at the moment is us getting out of trouble.

“I’m confident we will. The gaffer has come in and given us the confidence to play. He wants us to be play out from the back and I’m enjoying that responsibility. He has come in and shown us how to play in a way we have not seen before here.”

Chambers recently hit the 300 appearance mark for the Blues and he will be presented with a framed shirt in recognition of that milestone prior to Saturday’s kick-off.

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BlueBlood90 added 15:51 - Dec 14
Whatever happens this season, Luke Chambers has been an absolute credit to this club and a fantastic servant over the years.

raycrawfordswig added 15:55 - Dec 14
No relegation scrap we just roll over.3

whiskey added 17:18 - Dec 14
Thanks for everything Luke. If we are relegated, definitely, otherwise, we need better.

jayessess added 17:28 - Dec 14
Given how the salary cap regulations work for League 1 we'd have to be incredibly stupid to be offering new contracts to people right now.

"The rules apply to all clubs and there is no moratorium for clubs relegated from the Championship. However, Transitional Arrangements are in place whereby clubs are allowed to exclude the wage costs of all players that the club signed pre September of the relegation season, if they were signed on contracts in excess of 3 seasons."

So, contracts we sign now are going to count towards the 60% of turnover cap we'll likely need to get under.

timspencero added 17:34 - Dec 14
Great servant and role model, great ambassador.

Not a *great* footballer, lacks quality and makes mistakes - but has been a leader on and off the field in some turgid and tough times for the club.

Will have a future in the game post playing, i'm sure.

ThaiBlue added 17:55 - Dec 14
Good clubman but sorry Luke you should not even be in the team now let alone a new contract no way give the younger boys a chance or get a better player in please.

Currie10 added 18:12 - Dec 14
Follow this example Knudsen.....

Good attitude

ITFCsince73 added 18:13 - Dec 14
Well said ThaiBlue. And not before time. Paul Hirst made more mistakes than I care to remember. But not changing the skipper, and happy to let Luke carry on as an undroppable, was one of his biggest cock up,s. And here we are, half way through the season, Chambo still occupying his guaranteed position. Club man, top bloke.... Sorry none of that washes with me. Simply not good enough.

TimmyH added 18:18 - Dec 14
Good servant to the club and a good captain, I think whether we get relegated or not the club has to have more ambition and personally feel his contracted shouldn't be renewed.

SheptonMalletBlue added 19:01 - Dec 14
Average player at best and that was a few years ago, very poor now. Everybody seems to love him tho, I just don't get it. He says the right things and that's about it!!!

ITFCsince73 added 20:17 - Dec 14
Chambo will and has lead this team/club to its lowest ever position/standing. Not so sure he will have the same high regard in say 2yrs time. When we can all look back at what the fist pumping, great bloke attitude achieved. The undroppable one. Who couldn’t play, but who was a great club servent.

heathen66 added 21:53 - Dec 14
It is a no from me
If we stay up, then he is not good enough at this level
If we go down then he is too expensive.
Only average on his best days
Not sure he and his fellow senior pros really bought into what Hurst was trying to do and as the club captain that imo is not right...and is why we are where we are now !!!

ITFCsince73 added 22:06 - Dec 14
Heathen66. Exactly.

Nazemariner added 23:13 - Dec 14
We find ourselves in our current predicament partly due to our failure to hold on to our seasoned Championship performers. Let’s not continue to make those same mistakes.

Give our leader a new deal now Marcus!

ITFCsince73 added 23:30 - Dec 14
Our leader was seasoned 3 seasons ago. Plus we can’t expect Marcus to keep making poor judgments. Our great leader is currently over seeing our greatest demise. Yes let’s get him signed up for longer. Don’t forget The undroppable clause must be inserted forthwith. Get real Nazemariner.

ITFCsince73 added 23:42 - Dec 14
Nazemariner. Garner, Waghorn wasn’t and still aren’t seasoned championship performers.
McGoldrick spent seasons on the treatment table. Who are you referring to? Webster? Hyam ? They was either not picked or injured. Hardly seasoned performers anyway.

dirtydingusmagee added 09:09 - Dec 15
Been a good club man, and decent bloke, but imo has never been a skillful player,and certainly has led a charmed life when it comes to being selected. Has his good days but they have become few and far between. Cant see he has a future with Town as a player now to be honest regardless as to us staying up or getting relegated.

calvin added 11:23 - Dec 15
We need a strong back four and he is not one of them

hyperbrit added 13:58 - Dec 15
...... shouldn't the captain be a good player too? Leading by example...if he's duff then the team will follow!!

ChrisFelix added 14:58 - Dec 15
Division 1 is probably his level

ITFCsince73 added 14:59 - Dec 15
Hyperbrit, that’s exactly how it’s run for last 2 years plus. At the very start of this season, with the old guard displaying inept performances. The new recruits had who exactly to look up to?
Our results continue to go bad to worse.
But it seems because Luke is such an amazing bloke, as person and to club. He’s impossible to leave out the starting 11. And removing the captaincy, Is totally unthinkable. Full stop.
The fact he is now poor at best makes no odds.
He is and will lead us down.

runningout added 23:18 - Dec 15
No one is exempt from being dropped. If I’m wrong we are a bigger joke than we look. Hurst hinted that he wished to change something but couldn’t in his time here..

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