KEITH Southern and Gary Taylor-Fletcher are on the verge of being rewarded with new long-term contracts as Pool aim to make it two wins out of two in the Championship.
As well as plotting to beat Peterborough in tomorrow’s Bloomfield Road clash (3pm), Ian Holloway has been encouraging chairman Karl Oyston to make sure his two Pool stalwarts are properly rewarded for their efforts over the last two seasons and beyond.
It has worked and Oyston is set to approve new deals for the pair, though Neal Eardley – also hoping for an improved offer after having his wages slashed in half following relegation as well – might have to wait a while longer.
Holloway said: “The chairman has got to make a decision and I am sure he will make the right one. Whatever that is I will support it.
“But we are at a stage now where everything has been talked about and looked at, and I expect it to be concluded in a good way for us – with those two re-signing very soon.
“Eardley is different because he hasn’t yet done what Keith and Fletch have for the club. Even when we got promoted, he didn’t play in those last few games (when Seamus Coleman was on loan), so he is in a slightly different situation to the other two.
“But regarding Keith and Fletch, I believe it will be resolved in the way I want.
“If they do re-sign, I’ll be delighted because I would have them all day long.
“They have been there, seen it and done it. They know what it takes and I think they are good enough to help us get back up and maybe stay there.”
Holloway was in upbeat spirits at yesterday’s press conference – a stark contrast to the previous week, when he was down and fretting about the season ahead.
His mood has been improved immeasurably by the opening win at Hull and what he considered an encouraging performance by his ‘second string’ at Sheffield Wednesday in the Carling Cup.