Pearce tells McDermott he wants to sign new dealBy Jonny Fordham
November 16, 2012
Alex Pearce has held positive contract talks with Brian McDermott telling the Reading boss ‘I want to sign’, writes Jonny Fordham.
The Reading manager had urged the centre-back to take responsibility over his contract last week, but there have been no more talks between the player’s agent and the club this week.
Pearce is seen as a natural leader and a future club captain after rising through the ranks as a teenager at Madejski Stadium.
Supporters are worried, though, that the longer the Oxford-born star goes without signing a new deal, the more likely it becomes that he will be sold to the highest bidder in January.
But, McDermott revealed: “We had a good talk on Saturday. He wants to sign and I want him to sign.
“His agent needs to contact the club and they need to get together again. I don’t want this to drag on for much longer.
“It’s out of my hands. It has to do with the club and the agent.”
Pearce has not played since September 22, but McDermott continues to insist that his contract situation has no bearing on last year’s player-of-the-season being left out of the side.
He added: “I have three centre-backs and have a bench where I put one on there - so it will either be him or one other if he does not start. It’s nothing to do with his contract.”
Royals kept their first clean sheet of the season against Norwich City last weekend so it is highly unlikely that McDermott will disrupt a settled back-four when Everton visit Madejski Stadium tomorrow (3pm kick-off).
The experience of Kaspars Gorkss and the youth and talent of Sean Morrison remain the manager’s No.1 pair at the heart of Reading’s defence.
Adrian Mariappa, a £2.5million summer signing from Watford, is expected to be on the bench.