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Cheltenham boss John Ward feels his Northern Ireland international Grant McCann has every right to stall over contract talks.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who made the switch from West Ham in 2003 for £50,000 following two loan spells at Whaddon Road, has been offered a new deal but is yet to commit his future to the Gloucestershire outfit.

McCann is the club's leading scorer this season with seven goals in all competitions, and the possibility of him leaving Cheltenham on a free transfer has given those associated with the club cause for concern.

Yet Ward, whose team are currently struggling in the relegation zone, insists it should not be a major talking point.

"It's become a bit of an issue and it shouldn't be," he said. "He is like a lot of players - his contract is up at the end of the season and I've offered him a new one but he prefers to wait.

"That's fine. That's his prerogative and he and I do not have a problem with it. Everyone else seems to want to raise the question. I have spoken to Grant and told him exactly that and that's my job, but it's also what I want to do. I'm just interested in his form and I hope this doesn't affect that."