Freedman eyes Gardner deal
Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman is keen to keep Anthony Gardner at the club on a long-term basis.
Last Updated: 25/02/11 8:09pm
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman is keen to keep on-loan defender Anthony Gardner at the club on a long-term basis.
Gardner has made 17 appearances for Palace since joining from Hull City before the close of the summer transfer window and is out of contract at the KC Stadium at the end of the season.
Freedman admits contract talks are currently on hold during Palace's battle to avoid relegation, but confirmed he wants to retain Gardner next term.
"He's certainly done himself no harm at all in terms of extending his long-term future here," said Freedman in the Croydon Advertiser.
"We had a decision to make on Anthony in January and I thought we should do everything we could to get him to stay."
He added: "Everyone understands the situation that we're in, and we understand their situation. At the moment the priority is simple, staying in this division.
"Things like contracts have sort of been put to one side. If we get chance to have a chat we will, and if they want to play ball earlier then we can talk. For the moment though everyone's focus is simply on staying in the division.
"But I can certainly say Anthony Gardner has done his long-term prospects here no harm at all."