Cureton not returning to Pirates

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JAMIE CURETON'S agent Paul Martin has told planetfootball.com that the striker will not be returning to his old club Bristol Rovers.

The 27-year-old struggled to earn a regular first team place with Division One side Reading this season, though Martin confirmed he has received a new contract offer from The Royals.

Reports on Tuesday suggested that Cureton, who joined the Madejski Stadium club in a £250,000 move from The Pirates in August 2000, was offered the chance to return to the Division Three outfit.

However, Martin has denied that such an offer was made to the Bristol-born marksman and that a new one-year deal from Reading has been tabled to him.

"None of the stories about Jamie and Bristol Rovers are true," said Martin.

"However, he has been offered a new deal at Reading."

Cureton admitted that his future is up in the air but he is thankful that Pardew has given him the time to think over the new contract offer.

"I'm not sure what will happen next. I had a chat with the manager yesterday and there's an offer in front of me now," Cureton told the club's official website.

"I've got a lot of time to think about it and now it's a case of weighing up the options that are best for me and my future.

"I'm grateful that the manager has given me some time to think about the future and hopefully I will make the right one.

"My agent has had a lot of phone calls and various clubs have been asking what is happening.

"I'm expecting offers from other clubs to come in and it's a case of doing what I think is best.

"Reading is a good club who are going places but my future has stood still this season with me not playing.

"I know that me getting something at this same sort of level will be hard, I don't want to drop divisions or go down to a club nowhere near Reading's size - a club like Reading is hard to find."