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BEGINS CONTRACT TALKS
(Wednesday 3rd January 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez has begun contract talks with his squad and has acted swiftly to reward both the experienced Steve Brown and Jamie Bates plus youngsters Martyn Lee and Ben Townsend. 34 year old Brown and 32 year old Bates have been in outstanding form this season, scoring ten goals between them in the process. Both have been signed until the end of the 2001/2002 season.
Bates was picked up on a free transfer in March 1999 from Brentford. Speaking to Blues News on 1170am Bates said "The gaffer came to me two or three weeks ago and said he wanted to extend my contract by another year and I've no problems with that at all. I'm happy here and I took about two days to think about it and said I'd sign it straight away, so you've got another year of me yet"
Brown will celebrate seven years with Wycombe in February 2001 has now totalled over 300 appearances in a Wycombe shirt. His goal tally this season of four is well on the way to being a best ever seasonal total.
Ex-Wanderers Youth Teamers Townsend and Lee have been awarded contracts until the end of the 2002/2003 season. Townsend has impressed since he was drafted in to cover at both left back and right back position this season. However, the 19 year old suffered a set-back when he picked up a hamstring injury at Cambridge on Boxing Day that will see him miss most of January. 20 year old Lee made his First Team debut nearly two years ago but it's his performances this season that have earned him glowing praise from the Wycombe faithful.
Sanchez is expected to continue contract talks with several other members of his squad over the coming weeks. Andy Baird, Alan Beeton, Matt Brady, Dannie Bulman, Dave Carroll, Mo Harkin, Paul McCarthy, Keith Ryan and Michael Simpson are all out of contract at the end of the current season.
Speaking to Blues News on 1170am Sanchez suggested that there would be no passengers when his squad start to the 2001/2002 campaign. "It's that time of the year when we have to start tieing people down and I've said that this time next season this will be my completed squad, everybody will have had their contract upped under my time here. I will have decided on everybody, there will not be people stretching over from previous managers. The people here at the beginning of next season will be the people that I want here" The Wycombe boss was pleased to get the four signatures under his belt and added "Hopefully we'll do the rest in the not too distant future and then we'll have a pool of players who we hope to add to in the summer"
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