Garry Monk has revealed that Birmingham City are currently unsure over the future of Michael Morrison, with the defender’s contract expiring.
Birmingham Live have reported that Monk would like to renew Morrison’s deal, but the restrictions imposed upon them due to their FFP breach current restrict them from doing so.
That has left the club, and player, in limbo with neither clear on what can be done going forward.
“These are the difficulties for myself,” said Monk, who has guided his team towards the top six despite the restrictions.
“It’s not just about what you would have liked to do in the summer to strengthen the squad and players that you can bring in – it’s about the players you have here as well.”
“The players are fully aware, and I’ve spoken to players like Michael, not being able to do those sorts of things is not ideal to secure those players’ futures.”
30-year old Morrison has been a key figure in the Blues surprise good form, with 20 appearances and two goals to his name this season. In all, he has appeared 159 times for Birmingham since joining from Charlton, initially on an emergency loan, in 2015.
Monk’s side are currently ninth in the Championship table, just four points away from the top six.
This won’t be the last we here of the restrictions facing Garry Monk this season. He’s done an admirable job thus far, but the problems haven’t gone away even if his management of the club make it appear as though they have.
January will be very interesting because as rivals strengthen, the Blues are likely to be left standing.