Gus Poyet leaves door ajar for Jack Colback and Phil Bardsley to stay at Sunderland

Sunderland may yet reopen contract talks with Jack Colback and Phil Bardsley - if the Black Cats survive relegation

Jack Colback of Sunderland in action
Jack Colback of Sunderland in action

Gus Poyet has raised the prospect of a rethink on the futures of Jack Colback and Phil Bardsley - after previously suggesting the out-of-contract duo would leave over the summer.

Colback and Bardsley are the only two of eight players whose contracts expire this summer who Sunderland have spoken to about new deals.

Last month negotiations stalled and, with the Wearsiders staring relegation in the face at that stage, Poyet admitted he expected the pair to move on. However, Sunderland’s recent resurgence has given the club genuine hope of survival and, while there will be no contract talks until the season is over, Poyet has left the door ajar for negotiations to continue once the club’s fate is decided.

He said: “We had conversations with Phil and Jack which did not work out the way anyone had hoped so we decided to put an end to those talks.

2013 Getty Images Phil Bardsley of Sunderland is pursued by James McCarthy of Everton
Phil Bardsley of Sunderland is pursued by James McCarthy of Everton

“The idea now is to leave it until we know for sure where we will be next season and then maybe we will talk again.

“It is a few more days to wait to know the outcome of the season, so it does not really matter - it is not months.

“It is better for them and it is better for us.”

Some out-of-contract players will be allowed to leave in the summer come what may but others - such as Seb Larsson and Craig Gardner - who have played a part in the run-in may yet be offered the chance to stay.

Meanwhile, Poyet has praised striker Connor Wickham after his five goals in three games saw him named Premier League Player of the Month for April.

He added: “It is a fantastic achievement for Connor and he deserves the award.

“His goals have given us a real chance of staying up now.”


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