Pantsil to wait on new deal
Mark Hughes has told John Pantsil to wait until the end of the season before holding contract talks.
Last Updated: 04/02/11 2:28pm
Fulham manager Mark Hughes has told full-back John Pantsil to wait until the end of the season before holding contract talks.
The former West Ham man is out of contract in the summer and could leave on a free transfer unless he is secured on longer terms.
Hughes insists the club are working through players' contracts and Pantsil will need to be patient for talks.
However, Hughes insists the 29-year-old defender needs to play well between now and the end of the campaign in order to win fresh terms.
"There are a number of players this year that are in the last year of their contracts and we're working our way through them," Hughes told the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle.
"I've spoken to John on a number of occasions. He needs to play well between now and the end of the season and I'm sure we'll have the conversation then."
Meanwhile, Pantsil has acknowledged that, in order for The Cottagers to continue climbing the table, they will need to improve their away form.
Fulham have been imperious at home of late, although they are one of three teams who only have one away win to their name all season.
"At the moment we all know what we would like to achieve come the end of the season," he told the club's official website.
"We played in Europe last season and we all know how exciting it is, so although there's still a long way to go, we're focused on getting a lot of wins on the board and who knows, maybe European games will be possible again, because the gap between where we are and the top seven isn't that big if we keep going the way we are.
"If we really want to finish in the top seven again then we really need to start taking away points as well as our home games.
"Of course, home games are the more important, but away games are something that we need to start winning if we are to take our points tally as high as we want it to be."