NEIL Harris is hopeful Shaun Williams will sign a new contract with the club.
Williams’ current deal expires at the end of this season and the club will hold talks with the midfielder to try to trash out new terms.
Williams, 30, is one of a number of players out of contract that the club want to keep. They are in talks with Fred Onyedinma, while club captain Tony Craig’s contract also ends next summer.
Jordan Archer, Mahlon Romeo, Byron Webster, Lee Gregory and Steve Morison have all singed new deals already this season.
Williams has featured 23 times in this campaign and scored four goals, and Harris believes his importance to the side has been indicated just as much when he hasn’t played this season.
“All my players enjoy here,” Harris said. “I get on very well with all my players and I’d hope the players enjoy playing for me.
“I certainly know the players enjoy playing for this club and I’m really proud to be able to say that, because some had difficult times before I took over. But they’ve really come on leaps and bounds.
“There is a lot that you have to consider when it comes to contract negotiations, simple things like finances, location.
“There will be talks with Shaun and his representatives. In the modern game it doesn’t happen quickly.
“With someone like Steve Morison I can do it with him myself because it’s straightforward, he just wants to play.
“There’s a lot to discuss, but on Shaun’s form he has been outstanding, really good this year. He’s found another level in his game, not just with the ball but without the ball as well. He’s really embraced what we’re trying to do.
“It’s been clear with Shaun, and with Tony and Steve at times that when you take the leaders and organisers and experience out of the side we’ve really missed them.
“We saw that when Shaun didn’t play against Peterborough and Port Vale and we saw it when Tony didn’t play at the weekend, and Steve at Bolton. When you play without certain players their absences are really clear.
“So their importance is obvious, I understand that.”
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