Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has provided a positive contract update on a couple of players that could have been set for departure from The Cardiff City Stadium.
WalesOnline reported that the club are in talks with a few players as their contracts are set to expire in the summer, with Danny Ward and Lee Peltier being two out-of-contract stars that the Bluebirds boss spoke about in detail.
The 42-year-old said: “In the background, yes.
“Players I think highly of, Danny and Lee. Lee has played nearly every game for me since I’ve been here and been outstanding.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him as a pro.
“And Danny, a striker in and out the team, impact off the bench, a goal the other night, lots to consider.
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“Lots to consider for the player as well. Family situation, where they live, what they want to do, are they happy? So talks ongoing with personnel.
“But I’m really happy with the squad at the moment.”
Peltier has been a crucial part of the Cardiff team since he arrived in 2015 from Huddersfield Town, and he has gone on to be a mainstay at right-back, the 33-year-old having featured 25 times in the Championship this season.
Ward has also been a big part of the Bluebirds squad this season, the 29-year-old having been at The Cardiff City Stadium since 2017 when arriving from Rotherham United. This season, Ward has scored six goals in 17 games across all competitions, despite only starting seven times.
The other players that are free to leave The Cardiff City Stadium for nothing in the summer due to contracts expiring are attacking midfielder Lee Tomlin, centre-backs Sol Bamba and Matthew Connolly, right-back Jazz Richards, striker Omar Bogle and young central midfielder Aaron Bolger.
Harris will be determined to try and keep some of his squad together in the summer, and he has already set about trying to do just that by entering into contract negotiations with them.
Peltier and Ward have both performed well this season when given the chance under Harris, and he has clearly liked what he has seen from the two experienced pros.