Darren Moore insists the focus for the remainder of this season has got to be on helping Sheffield Wednesday avoid relegation, rather than on those out of contract in the summer.
It promises to be a nervy end to the season for the Owls, who currently sit seven points adrift of safety in the Championship with a game in hand.
The Owls won 5-0 against Cardiff City last time out, so Moore will be hoping that that result can give them confidence and momentum going forward.
Regardless of what division Wednesday find themselves in next season, it will be a busy summer for Darren Moore, with many first-team players out of contract.
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The likes of Jordan Rhodes, Adam Reach, Elias Kachunga and Kadeem Harris, to name only a few, are set to be out of contract at the end of this season.
But speaking to Yorkshire Live ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Queens Park Rangers, Moore insists the focus has got to be on avoiding the drop rather than on new contracts.
He said: “To enter contractual situations now – all those kind of things – the players have got their focus on for the remainder of the season.
“I have touched base with all the players. They are focused on maintaining their own individual standards. That’s the message we have been saying since we have been at the football club.”
This is spot on.
Now is not the time for making decisions on players’ futures and offering new deals, it’s about working hard in training to try and pick up as many points as possible.
There is always that risk of a player downing tools and resting on their laurels if you offer them a deal now. But they need that extra incentive to work hard and perform from a selfish point of view.