Haldane eyes new deal
By James Evans & Gareth Moorhouse
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bristol Rovers forward Lewis Haldane is hoping for a new deal.
Bristol Rovers forward Lewis Haldane is hoping his impressive display in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final last weekend will be enough to win him a new contract at the Memorial Stadium.
Pirates boss Paul Trollope is yet to open negotiations with the 22-year-old over a new deal, but despite reported interest from Championship sides Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City - Haldane wishes to remain at the League Two club.
"In the changing room afterwards the manager said I was superb - hopefully this performance will be enough to earn me a new contract at the end of the season," Haldane told skysports.com.
Speaking of Sunday's 3-2 extra-time defeat to Doncaster Rovers, Haldane revealed his disappointment at the final whistle.
"I was gutted to see them lift the cup at the end. After coming back from 2-0 down I really thought we were going to go on and win. We battered them for 85 minutes," he said.
"It was a great game to play in and the atmosphere was electric, it was just a shame about the final score."
Rovers sit five points adrift of Wycombe who occupy the last of the play-off spots in League Two, though Haldane still retains hope of making it to the end-of-season knockout phase, where the club could add a trip to Wembley to their appearance at the Millennium Stadium last weekend.
He said: "We just have to keep winning and hope the teams around us slip up. It was really disappointing to lose the cup final, but we can't think about that now.
"We have to get on with the rest of the season."