Holloway wants end to deal dispute

Gary Taylor-Fletcher in action against Crystal Palace
Gary Taylor-Fletcher in action against Crystal Palace
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KARL Oyston has again been implored to sort out the future of Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Keith Southern.

The pair have rejected new contract offers and, as it stands, will leave the club on free transfers in the summer.

Holloway is horrified by that thought. He regards the duo as two of his best players and has urged the chairman to make an improved offer and convince them to stay.

“We got up with a (wage) budget of £4.8m and if they (the players) have gone back to that figure I don’t think that’s fair,” said the boss.

“The chairman was going to do it carte blanche with all of them, but he hasn’t done it with some of them and I don’t think that’s right.

“He’s told two of my lads who played today – you won’t ever guess which two (from the way they played) – that they can only have X instead of the Y they thought he agreed to.

“It’s really difficult for me trying to motivate them. I need this sorted one way or the other.”

Holloway intends to sit down with Oyston, Taylor-Fletcher and Southern this week.

Neal Eardley signed a one-year deal last week, leaving Taylor-Fletcher and Southern as the only two players yet to agree new contracts.