Sidwell sits tight on Royals
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading's Steve Sidwell admits talks over a new contract have been put on hold.
Reading's Steve Sidwell admits talks over a new contract have been put on hold, with the midfielder now channelling all his energies into on-field affairs.
Sidwell has just a year remaining on his contract and talks to extend his association with the club have so far borne little fruit.
The former Arsenal trainee has subsequently been linked with moves to Manchester City and Middlesbrough, and Sidwell insists an imminent resolution to his Royals future is not on the cards.
Instead the 23-year-old is focused on carving out a name for himself at Premiership level.
"I've got a year left on my deal, the situation now is that it's on hold," Sidwell told Sky Sports News.
"I'll let it take place as the season progresses but I've always said to the club, the manager and the fans that, as long as I'm contracted to the club, I'll give 110 percent.
"I'll play the same, it won't affect my game.
"Because the contract wasn't sorted out before the start of the season, I just want to get my head down and play football."
Meanwhile, striker Dave Kitson insists there are no hard feelings between him and Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott after the latter's robust challenge curtailed his Premiership debut.
Kitson had just hauled The Royals back into contention with a goal shortly before half time of a match the hosts memorably went on to win 3-2 before Riggott's illegal intervention.
And Kitson now faces a number of weeks on the sidelines following bruising to a knee.
"I think maybe it could have been a red but hopefully on the opening day of the season people are just a little over-enthusiastic or mistime their tackles slightly," said Kitson.
"Chris came and apologised to me afterwards and there's no hard feelings. It's just a strange one because I went to turn with the ball on the halfway line and didn't expect a tackle from a centre half on the halfway line like that.
"Fingers crossed I'll get back as quickly as I can. There's an international break where obviously I won't be playing which is a good thing on this occasion.
"I just want to get fit and strong and get back there."