Crowd favourite Danny Batth was today told ‘the ball’s in your court’ over his new contract at Wolves.
Head coach Kenny Jackett believes it’s down to the Brierley-Hill-born stopper to kickstart negotiations with talks in deadlock. The 23-year-old centre-back, who has been an ever-present in League One this season, is into the final year of his deal.
Wolves have been trying to persuade the academy graduate to sign new terms since the summer after taking up the 12-month option on his contract in April.
“I just think it’s a case of as and when Danny wants to settle things,” said Jackett. “The ball is in his court.
“It’s not something we’ve stepped away from – if we could sign Danny this afternoon, we would.
“To be honest with you, until he’s ready, it’s not going to be a situation that’s going to be resolved.
“So we’re not holding off or backing off or we haven’t ‘parked’ it.
“We’re continually ready to talk but at present there is no agreement.
“There are no developments – everything is exactly as it was.”
As it stands, Batth can sign a pre-contract agreement with non-English clubs from January 1.
But Jackett maintains both club and player are comfortable with the situation. “He’s been first-class in his play and his approach,” said the boss.
“He can talk to foreign clubs but whether you talk to people or to your agent on your behalf, he can’t play for anyone until next August.”