Simon Church urged to sign new deal at Reading FCBy Jonny Fordham
October 09, 2012
Simon Church has been urged to sign a new deal by manager Brian McDermott.
The striker’s current contract runs out at the end of this season and Church has yet to get on the pitch in a competitive game this season.
Church holds the upper hand in his contract wrangle as he can walk away for nothing in the summer.
However, the club have hit back and told interested parties Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town that he will not be allowed to leave on loan unless he commits his future to Reading.
When asked to explain the situation, McDermott said: “It’s not ideal.
“We would prefer he signs a contract and then goes out on loan and plays games.
“We will have to see and then re-assess it.”
The 23-year-old’s only action this season so far has been while on international duty for Wales.
All three of those games have ended in defeat.
“I need to talk to him and see where we have got to,” added McDermott.
“I’m trying to give Simon best advice and I want to make sure all my players do well.
“I think I’ve done that. I’ve told him to sign a contract here so he is protected and then get out on loan.
“If he does well then he will come back to us.
“Or, he does well and gets sold to another Premier League side.
“And if he doesn’t do well then he has a three-year contract here at Reading.”