Thursday, February 5, 2009

nail down the future Citizens

Mark Hughes spoke today on the club web-site of securing Danny Sturridge to a long-term contract. The nineteen year-old sits on the cusp of genius and must be supported in his efforts by City. The manager said of the clubs efforts to put his name on a long-term contract:

“We want Daniel to stay, that’s a given. The situation is that he has six months left, his advisors are in an understanding where they are in a position of strength, and we want to do a deal that shows our intent with regard to Daniel.

“We’re not quite there yet, but we are hopeful. I think there are meetings planned for this week, we hope something can come from that and Daniel can put it all to bed.

“He’s made three league starts so is still learning his trade, but what he has done when he’s come on is make an impression. That’s what you have to do as a young player, but we see him day-in, day-out and we know his qualities. We want to keep him, but there has to be an understanding from his advisors that there is a level for everybody, I am sure there is a compromise to be made and we’ll get there very soon.”

City needs to do what it takes to get this deal done. I applauded the club holding back with the Roque Santa Cruz situation but with this, they need to hit the asking price and not let him slip from their grasp. Support regional talent Citizens!