McCleary targets new deal
Garath McCleary is hoping to sort out a new contract at Forest, although Steve Cotterill has warned it will not happen until the end of the season.
Last Updated: 05/03/12 10:00am
Garath McCleary is hoping to sort out a new contract at Nottingham Forest, although manager Steve Cotterill has warned it will not happen until the end of the season.
McCleary's current deal expires in the summer and no talks have yet taken place over extending his stay at the City Ground into next term.
He may attract suitors from elsewhere if he continues in his current rich vein of form, having netted his third goal in five games to help the Reds claim a 1-1 draw with Barnsley on Saturday.
However, the winger insists he wants to stay at Forest, partly because he enjoys playing under a boss like Cotterill who has put so much faith in him.
"I am hopeful of getting my future secured. I have not heard anything at the moment, but that is understandable given the (financial) position the club is in," McCleary told the Nottingham Post.
"I am happy to sit and wait and hopefully something can be sorted out. I am certainly hoping I will be here next season.
"It is a massive club and to have a gaffer that is giving me so much confidence all the time is brilliant.
"He is a good man. We have a bit of banter between us, but there is respect there too.
"Every player needs a manager who has faith in them.
"Things have not always gone my way here in the past. I am not saying they were bad managers in the past, because they were not. I have nothing bad to say about the previous managers because I enjoyed working with them all.
"But it is brilliant to have a manager who has real confidence in you."
McCleary, 24, has been with Forest since 2008 and Cotterill is also eager to secure his services beyond the summer, even if the focus at the moment has to be on battling relegation rather than contract talks.
"Hopefully he'll be signing a new contract, but it won't happen before the end of the season," the manager said in The Sun.
"He's done all right hasn't he? He's scored more goals than games he's played in the last three years. Bless him."