Bristol Rovers have opened talks with striker Jonson Clarke-Harris over extending his deal at the Memorial Stadium, according to reports from Bristol Live.
The 25-year-old has been in terrific form for the Gas in the early stages of the season, scoring five goals in eight league games.
The prolific forward signed for Rovers from Coventry City last January, and he has since netted an impressive 16 goals in 24 league outings for Graham Coughlan’s side.
Over the course of the summer, Clarke-Harris was linked with a host of high-profile clubs in the Championship, with Reading, Preston North End and Hull City all being credited with an interest in the striker.
Hull, Wigan Athletic and Reading are all said to have kept tabs on his performances, but with two years left on his current deal with the club, Hull’s £450,000 enquiry fell short of Rovers’ valuation in the summer.
Now, Bristol Live claims that the club have opened talks to extend Clarke-Harris’ deal by another 12 months, with Rovers president Wael Al Qadi starting talks with the player’s representatives.
After a 1-1 draw with Gillingham on Tuesday night, the Gas sit 12th in Sky Bet League One.
It would be a massive boost for Bristol Rovers to tie Clarke-Harris down to a new deal – he is so important to Graham Coughlan’s side for sure.
He’s tall, quick and powerful and scores goals for fun, and I was very surprised to see him stay at the Memorial Stadium amid interest from the Championship in the summer window.
It’s a big statement of intent from the club if they manage to tie him down to a new deal, but it would be worth every penny.