Saddlers keen on Byfield deal
Chris Hutchings has challenged Darren Byfield to earn a new deal by continuing to score goals.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 10/12/09 8:47pm
Walsall manager Chris Hutchings has revealed that the club would be delighted to offer Darren Byfield an extended deal, as long as he maintains his current form until the end of the season.
The former Gillingham striker has scored seven goals in 15 League One starts since joining Walsall in the summer, and he has also netted twice in his last two games.
His contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he revealed earlier this week that he is keen to start talks on a new deal.
However, Hutchings has told skysports.com that the 33-year-old needs to earn a new contract by continuing to score goals throughout the season.
"I've had talks with Darren about the situation, but it all depends on how well he does from now till the end of the season," said Hutchings.
"We are aware of the situation, as we are with a number of other players whose contracts expire at the end of the season, but they all need to continue to play well to earn another contract.
"He started up at Oldham at the start of the season, but he became available and we jumped at the opportunity to bring him here.
"He is scoring goals again, but he needs to continue in that form.
"We are creating a lot of chances at the moment and he is taking them well, but consistency is key in this game."