Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie is in no hurry to put pen to paper on a new deal, despite the fact he is out of contract at St James' Park at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old has struggled to push his way into the first team this term, with Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote in impressive form.
Guthrie, who was hindered by fitness problems last season, is focused on impressing in training and says he will look at his contract situation in January.
The Toon man said: "I've got six months left at Christmas, so we'll assess it in January. I'm not worried about deals or things like that - there's no rush.
"I'm happy with how things are going, and I just want to get back in the team. It was frustrating last season because of all the injuries.
"It was an ankle injury, and I was out eight weeks or so. It was the same injury I had at the back end of last season. But hopefully, I've put them behind me. I've got to wait for the opportunity to get in the team and stake my claim."