Brown in contract talks
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Chris Brown is set to be handed a new deal at Sunderland after forcing his way into Mick McCarthy's thinking for the future.
The 20-year-old striker's current contract at The Stadium of Light expires at the end of the season and he started the campaign knowing it was a pivotal campaign for him.
After scoring twice on his debut in the Carling Cup against Crewe, Brown is now in talks over a new deal after a steady campaign when he was mainly used as a substitute.
"This was always going to be a big season for me because this is the last year of my contract," said Brown.
"The gaffer told me I was in his plans but I knew it was up to me to push through and prove I could do it at this level.
"I think I have done okay - I have not set the world alight but I have had a few good games and hopefully there will be plenty more to follow.
"If I did not break through then it would have made sense for me to move on, but thankfully that has not been the case and I have been talking to the club about a new contract.
"The talks are still ongoing. There are just a few things we need to sort out but I hope it can be done as soon as possible."