TOWN have opened discussions with top scorer Simon Cox about extending his contract at the County Ground.
The 17-goal frontman has 18 months left on his current deal, but chairman Andrew Fitton has set the wheels in motion to add another year to Cox’s stay in Wiltshire, and is confident of tying things up within the next couple of months.
Fitton confirmed that Cox was the subject of an unsuccessful bid from a League One rival last week, believed to be around £500,000, and revealed that no-one is expecting the former Reading man to be heading for the exit door any time soon.
He told the Advertiser: “If Simon Cox moves, it will be the right move for the development of his career.
“I have always told him that I would be honest if any bids came in for him. I kept my word and I think he was surprised by it.
“But he’s happy where he is and doesn’t see a need to move at this point, unless the absolute right move for his career comes up.
“I have informed Simon that we would like to open discussions on extending his contract, and I think it was received favourably by him. This happened before we received any bid for him.
“I would like to get something tied up before the end of the season and I would be hopeful of it happening sooner rather than later.
“We don’t want to get into very long contracts. We don’t want people sitting on five-year deals because the club has suffered in the past from people sitting on contracts. In the current circumstances I think a three-year contract is more than enough for players.”
Fitton has identified five other Town players with a view to extending their contracts, and has started discussions with “two or three” of them.
- TOWN will field two trialists in tonight’s reserve team game against Swansea City at the County Ground (7pm).
Former Falkirk defender Jean-Francois Lescinel, and target man Hamdi Razak, who once trialled at Dover Athletic, will be aiming to impress.