Clemence eyes new contract
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stephen Clemence is still hopeful that he can agree a new deal with Birmingham.Birmingham midfielder Stephen Clemence is still hopeful that he can agree a new deal with the club, despite talks not yet yielding positive results.
The former Spurs man is out of contract in 12 months' time and has begun negotiations over a new deal as Blues are reluctant to let players drift into the final year of their contracts.
However despite Clemence's desire to remain at St Andrews, the two parties are yet to reach an agreement.
The 27-year-old has not been a prominent member of Steve Bruce's squad since his arrival in 2003 although insists that he is close to extending his stay in the Midlands.
"The club have contacted my agent and there's been talks but, at this moment, I've not signed anything," Clemence told the Evening Mail.
"That's the situation. We've only just returned after the summer, when not a lot really happens.
"I'd imagine we'll get together again in the next few weeks and agree something. There's only bits and pieces to sort out.
"I'm not planning to just let my current contract run down. That's not in my thoughts at all.
"I'm happy at Birmingham and want to stay here. I had a good second half of last season and I'm looking forward to this one."
Despite the recent departures of midfielders Darren Carter and Robbie Savage, Clemence's chances of becoming a first team regular next season are likely to be hampered by Bruce's desire to strengthen his squad.
The Blues boss has already been thwarted in his attempts to sign Newcastle's Lee Bowyer, as well as being credited with an interest in AZ Alkmaar star Denny Landzaat, and Clemence is willing to accept that more competition could limit his own chances.
"I know he's looking to bring in more players to the club, but that's the way it's been for the two-and-a-half years I've been here," Clemence contined.
"I've been happy with my form and I know that when I get a little run in the side I can do a good job for Birmingham in The Premiership.
"It's hard when you come in here and there, which is what tended to happen last season."