Thursday 17 October 2019

Phelan: Snodgrass talks soon

Hull’s Robert Snodgrass. Pic: PA
Hull’s Robert Snodgrass. Pic: PA

Mike Phelan expects Hull to start contract talks with in-form winger Robert Snodgrass soon.

The Scotland international, who has netted five times this term, revealed to local radio after Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom that he had received no contact from the club about extending his current deal beyond the end of the season.

But, speaking ahead of the Tigers' League Cup quarter-final with Newcastle at the KCOM Stadium tonight, Phelan confirmed Hull would address the situation shortly.

"That will be taken care of in due course," head coach Phelan said. "We will pay attention to that as he is an important football player. We will be dealing with that pretty shortly."

Another player in the same situation is Harry Maguire, although he has had some contact about fresh terms.

The former Sheffield United defender, having struggled to secure regular first-team football, is expected to be given a chance to impress against Newcastle.

"There has been bits and bobs between my agent and the chairman, not too much but hopefully in the coming months it will get sorted," Maguire said.

"As a footballer, I want to play every week. I want to play regular football but you also want the security of the length of the contract.

"As you know, I am going into the last six months of the contract so hopefully something can be sorted."

Phelan is expected to make a couple of changes for the last-eight clash, but refused to take the competition lightly despite the possibility of a fixture pile-up in the new year.

The Tigers, who sit in the Premier League relegation zone, are a win away from reaching the two-legged semi-finals.

"If you are in a cup competition and get that far, then you want to go as far as you possibly can. The team on the pitch will be giving it everything," he said.

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