The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Matthew Joyce

COVEN­TRY cen­tral de­fender Richard Wood is sweat­ing over his fu­ture at the Ri­coh Arena.

Wood, 27, is out of con­tract this sum­mer and is the Sky Blues’ high­est earner.

Hav­ing re­turned to the side last week­end against Brent­ford af­ter a nine match ab­sence with a groin strain, Wood hopes to stay in the side for the re­main­der of the sea­son ahead of crunch talks with man­ager Steven Press­ley.

“I’ve not spo­ken to the man­ager about it and no-one has said any­thing to me,” said Wood.

“I think he wants to have a look at me and that’s why he put me back in but I can’t really say any­thing else.

“I have got to keep play­ing and see the games out and see where it goes. I’d like to stay. I have moved to the area and am set­tled here.”

Press­ley is stay­ing non­com­mit­tal on Wood’s fu­ture and he said: “Th­ese are all things for dis­cus­sion.

“I only had the op­por­tu­nity to see Richard for the first time at the week­end, and tak­ing into ac­count that he’s not played for a num­ber of weeks I thought he equipped him­self really well.

“He’s got good ex­pe­ri­ence at this level and is a good type so I’ll sit down with him at the end of the sea­son and chat to him about where we are.

“I’ll do that with all the play­ers and be com­pletely trans­par­ent and open with them all about where I think the fu­ture lies and how we’re go­ing to move for­ward.”

HOPE­FUL: Richard Wood

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