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McAllister Still Awaits New Contract

Coventry City skipper Gary McAllister has revealed that his superb spell of form has still failed to secure him a new contract at the club.Gary McAllister, Coventry City FC

The 35-year-old Scot netted the 100th league goal of his career against Wimbledon on Saturday, and afterwards admitted he had heard nothing from the Sky Blues board.

McAllister’s current deal expires in the summer, but under the terms of the Bosman ruling he is allowed to discuss a possible deal with new clubs already.

Speculation has increased that the former Scotland skipper would leave for the USA when his contract expired, but it now appears he will not take this option.

In his current form the player is sure to attract the attention of several other clubs, and he believes he is more than capable of staying in the Premiership.

He said:

"Maybe the club think I'm leaving even though I have never said that.

"Some people think I'm going to America but I don't think I am.

"I will see what Coventry have got for me, I feel as though I can stay in the Premiership a bit longer.

"The club has not spoken to me about a new deal and I would have expected them to have done so.

"The way we are playing at Coventry at the moment suits my style and I just want to play as long as I can and see what happens."

Swedish international goalkeeper Magnus Hedman has echoed this view, claiming that McAllister and midfield partner Carlton Palmer are defying their combined 70 years.

He said:

"If Gary had more hair on his head everyone would think he was 25 by the way he is playing this season.

"He and Carlton are using their experience very well and the two of them are just as crucial to the side as the two Moroccans."

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