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Burns on Blues: Contract conundrums

IF THERE are any Wanderers fans who doubt that Nikki Bull is their player of the season then I would like to meet them.

Greg Burns

IF THERE are any Wanderers fans who doubt that Nikki Bull is their player of the season then I would like to meet them.

The Blues goalkeeper has been as consistent as any goalkeeper at any level of football this season.

His form has seen him handed a rare thing by Gary Waddock. A long-term contract midway through the season.

The Wanderers boss likes to keep his players on their toes and not let them get comfortable with contracts that allow complacency to creep into their game.

At the moment it is a ploy that is working and with other clubs reportedly sniffing around Bull it was a wise move.

But the 29-year-old is only joined by Andy Sandell, Ben Strevens, Scott Rendell, Kevin Betsy, Dave Winfield and Stuart Lewis on deals that run past the summer.

That leaves 14 first-team players sweating over their futures at the club.

Let's take a close look at them and their chances of landing a new deal at Adams Park:

GARETH AINSWORTH: Forgot the 37-year-old initially. Probably because he is a certainty to be handed a new deal and keep playing until he is 100. KEEP

STEVE ARNOLD: First-team choices look limited with Bull between the sticks. Needs to go out on loan to impress. KEEP.

DANNY FOSTER: Future looks brighter after showing excellent character and skill to fill in at left-back in recent weeks. KEEP.

ALAN BENNETT: Drifted in and out of the side and is currently third-choice centre-back. Faces a tough ask to earn a deal but could be a surprise package. MAYBE.

LEON JOHNSON: Often overlooked in defence this season with Chris Westwood and Alan Bennett preferred as partners to Dave Winfield. Could spell end of the road. RELEASED.

KIERAN MURTAGH: A tough time for Murtagh. A nightmare debut in Macclesfield home loss has hampered his hopes and allowed out on loan to Woking. RELEASED.

MATT BLOOMFIELD: Bleeds Wycombe. Also proved he is over injury curse (touch wood). A no-brainer. KEEP.

STUART GREEN: Not even had a sniff of first-team. Wycombe career is surely over. RELEASED.

JP PITTMAN: Knee injury could not have come at a worse time for JP. But he brings something to the team that no-one else does. Pace. KEEP.

LEWIS MONTROSE: Made real strides early in the season but still a raw talent. Does Waddock feel he can improve? MAYBE.

MARVIN MCCOY: Grabbed his first-team chance with both hands and not letting go in a hurry. League One step-up would be a test but has shown signs of real development. KEEP.

STUART BEAVON: Has been exceptional for Wanderers this season. He would be first to admit he needs to score more goals. But has surely earned a deal. KEEP.

CHRIS WESTWOOD: Waddock likes the experience that Westwood brings to the side. Is not getting any younger but may have one more season in League One in the tank. MAYBE.

IAN WESTLAKE: Like Stuart Green, he has been left in the sidelines to run down his current deal. RELEASE.

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