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Lambert: Skuse Contract Talks With Owner Evans Ongoing
Friday, 24th Jan 2020 12:31

Blues boss Paul Lambert has revealed that veteran midfielder Cole Skuse has spoken to owner Marcus Evans about a new contract but that Town aren’t in a position to do anything until they have had “success”.

The 33-year-old has been out of the side in recent weeks with Emyr Huws and Flynn Downes having started to establish themselves ain the deeper midfield roles with Alan Judge ahead of them.

However, Lambert expects Skuse to still play a part: “Absolutely. His pass to James [Norwood] for the goal the other day was excellent, and James flicks it to Kayden [Jackson].

“But Huws and Downes have been playing ever so well, and I think Cole would recognise that himself.

“And Cole only found himself out the team through injury, and somebody comes in, and you’ve got to try and get back in.”

The Bristolian’s current terms are up in the summer and Lambert says he understands discussions have taken place but with Town unable to offer terms until the club has had “success”, presumably promotion to the Championship.

“I think him and Marcus were talking before, but we’re not in a position to do anything until we have success here,” he said. “That will be ongoing I guess, but Marcus will be the one that will dictate that.”

Asked whether he would like to keep Skuse, the club’s vice-captain, Lambert added: “Listen, he’s been great, he’s been absolutely great for us. And as I’ve said before if he was five or 10 years younger, then it would be brilliant, but we’ve got him at the wrong end of it. But him and Marcus will probably sort it out.”

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SouperJim added 12:34 - Jan 24
Little bit surprised if we're considering giving him a new deal, don't get me wrong I think Skuse has been terrific for us, but he can't have that many games left in him? Unless he's willing to take a hefty drop in wages for a one year deal, I suspect he'd be better off looking elsewhere?

Suffolkboy added 12:42 - Jan 24
Widely and frequently underrated , this is an intelligent player with an appreciable skills set : obviously we’ve to plan with care for the future but I hope room for CK will be in our plans .

Superfrans added 13:28 - Jan 24
SouperJim - his wages, his role at the club, length of deal and where we are (Champs or Div 1) will all come into it. But that's what the current discussions will all be about.

d77sgw added 13:31 - Jan 24
Widely and frequently-overrated - as intelligent as he may be he's a negative influence on the team's general play, and is one of the least creative midfielders I've ever seen play for us. Yes, he tracks back but he doesn't really tackle, and right now his 'replacements' (Hughes/Downes) offer a far greater goal-threat. No coincidence our form has picked-up since he has been out of the team - and its not the first time this has happened...

ChrisFelix added 14:03 - Jan 24
Can't see the logic in offering him another deal. If we return to the championship next season he proved over the past 2 seasons that he is not good enough. Also compared to any outfield player his goal scoring record compared to the amount of games played is pathetic. As commented on here his negativity puts pressure on the defence !!!

ITFCsince73 added 15:49 - Jan 24
If he was good, he would have left years ago.
Much the same as any other good player.

cat added 17:20 - Jan 24
At last a manager who appears to pick players on merit. Skuse has been a good servant to the club but IMO don’t fit into a team trying to play out from the back and with pace. Also refreshing to read that senior players now have to earn the right for contract renewals and the club ain’t just saying “yeah have another couple of seasons“. ITFC is moving in the right direction.

budgieplucker added 11:32 - Jan 25
Skusey is a good solid holding midfielder capable of another year or two in the Championship

A great servant to both Bristol City and Ipswich a good club man and very decent pro who brings experience wit and harmony to the dressing room.

Playing in front of a back four he does an excellent job.

It’s easy to criticise him, and I have in the past , frustrating as a footballer he can’t shoot. I would be out there after training every afternoon trying to develop my game and technique in practicing hitting a ball from 18 yards at the goal until I got it right.

In our current formation we have a third centre back and a midfield dou that can carry the ball and lay further forward. The third centre back really helps occupy the space of a deep lying holding player and negates the need for another more defensive minded player.

This year we get a certain amount of dispensation on FFP for Div 1 which formula differs from Championship.

Rather than just focus on financial Losses a salary cap will be with us next year in Div 1 which means we cannot pay more than 60% of our turnover in wages!!! Last accounts presented we were above 100%, granted that this will have already come down with contract relegation clauses but the squad will have to be trimmed and more youngsters will form the nucleus of the squad

ME has rightly been criticised in the past for letting contracts run down, here I think it is the right decision as much as I would like Cole Skuse to remain at the club but not necessarily a regular starter. This is fair to the club and to the player as it gives him the option to move back to the Championship and earn more in his final year or so .

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