Kenny Jackett today tried to re-assure Wolves fans that everything is being done to secure Danny Batth’s future at Molineux.
Talks have been ongoing with the Brierley Hill-born centre-back since the summer over a new contract but no agreement has yet been reached.
The 22-year-old’s current deal expires in June after Wolves took up the 12-month option on his previous contract at the end of last season, along with George Elokobi, Dave Edwards and Aaron McCarey.
Batth, who has been an ever-present in League One this season, has improved his bargaining position significantly with a series of commanding performances to become a hugely popular figure with the crowd after replacing the exiled Roger Johnson.
Head coach Jackett is hoping something will be in place for Batth soon, but has no progress to report at the moment.
“All I can say to fans is we’re trying very hard to secure his services going forward, and we do want to sign him, but nothing has been agreed,” said Jackett. “There have been plenty of discussions with Danny on a personal level, but there’s nothing agreed so there’s no news.
“I think he’s had an outstanding season and has been excellent as a player and as a person and looks a very strong defender.”
Jackett insisted Batth, who is a contender to captain the team in the league for the first time against Coventry this Saturday if skipper Sam Ricketts fails to shake off a knee injury, remains unaffected by the lack of progress over a deal.
“He doesn’t show any lack of commitment to us – in fact, he shows fantastic commitment every day so I don’t think he’s unhappy here,” said the boss.
Batth has also been troubled by a minor knee niggle in recent weeks.
Head of medical Phil Hayward said: “Danny had a knock a few weeks ago, and we put some kinesio tape on the front of his knee to try to affect the position of the kneecap.
“The tension can be used to affect the alignment of the kneecap so wherever the tape is, it pulls the kneecap one way or the other, depending on what you think the issue is that’s causing discomfort.”