Robin Shroot's agent Barry Silkman confirms player has turned down a new deal

Robin Shroot: Has turned down new contract

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Robin Shroot's agent has confirmed that the player has turned down a new contract at Stevenage, but insists he was left with no option.

Shroot was reported to have requested to move on loan as he was only on the fringes of the first team under manager Gary Smith, despite the fact he is the club's top scorers this season.

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said that Shroot had 'taken himself out of the manager's plans' but Silkman has cleared up the situation regarding the player's contract.

"The reason the player is not in the squad is that he was offered a new contract and was told there is no negotiation and sign it," Silkman confirmed to Sky Sports.

"The player said he wanted to wait until January and has not asked to leave the club on loan.

"Given he has not been playing much he wanted to wait to see how things went up to January but he was then told if you don't sign you will be watching a lot of football as you won't be playing."

Silkman insists that, given Shroot has started just four league games under Smith this season, he is hardly being enticed to put pen-to-paper.

"What player in his position would sign a new deal? He is an ambitious lad, but also one who gives 100 per cent whenever he plays but that is the key, he wants to play," Silkman said.

"Despite the fact he has scored six goals this season, he still is not getting regular football, so why should he sign? There is no confusion here, he was told to sign but he hasn't because he is not playing, there is no argument."

Shroot has attracted the interest from Premier League and Championship clubs in recent months, whilst Scottish champions Celtic are also believed to be making checks on him.