Pool star still waiting on reward

Gary Taylor-Fletcher celebrates his goal
Gary Taylor-Fletcher celebrates his goal
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GARY Taylor-Fletcher guided the Seasiders to victory, then admitted he was still waiting for a call from chairman Karl Oyston to get his contract sorted.

As it stands, Taylor-Fletcher and team-mate Keith Southern can walk away from the club at the end of the season.

Neither wants to leave but both feel they will have no option unless a better deal is offered.

Manager Ian Holloway is desperate for them to stay but so far Oyston has been unable to agree terms with the duo.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the contract dispute, Taylor-Fletcher said: “It has been a bit difficult to concentrate on the football with the contract issue hanging over me.

“Everybody is asking, ‘What’s happening?’ But at the moment nothing is happening. I want to stay here but I just want what I think I deserve. I am one of the main players, I think, and I want to be up there with the rest of them.”

Taylor-Fletcher, 30, was one of Pool’s best players in the Premier League last season and he scored his second goal of this campaign against Ipswich.

His is one of the first names on the team-sheet and that is why he believes he deserves to be earning as much as other regulars in the side.

Taylor-Fletcher added: “I am very hopeful it can be resolved because I’m not asking for the world – I’m not asking for as much as the top earners are on. I just want to be up there, or just below, which I think I deserve to be.

“I’ve been a regular for four years since I’ve been here. I’ve always been one of the lesser players compared to others, but this year I think I’ve come on in leaps and bounds. I’m one of the main men and all I want is what I feel I deserve.”