Cherries: Jalal contract talks halted

28 June 2011 07:00
STAR stopper Shwan Jalal revealed his contract talks had stalled and told Cherries: The ball is in your court.[LNB] Jalal has one year remaining on his current deal and, as things stand, would be entitled to leave on a free transfer next summer.[LNB] He confirmed he had held discussions with Cherries and had rejected two offers since the end of last season.[LNB] Cherries, who have already seen senior players Danny Hollands and Jason Pearce head for the Dean Court exit, will be desperate not to lose Jalal.[LNB] He has been an integral member of the squad since being signed by Kevin Bond in 2008 and made 48 appearance last term.[LNB] News that the 27-year-old has yet to reach an agreement with Cherries could alert potential suitors, with Watford previously rumoured to have showed interest.[LNB] But the former Tottenham Hotspur trainee insisted he remained fully committed and was happy to listen to further offers from Cherries.[LNB] He told the Daily Echo: I am in the last year of my contract so both myself and the club are keen to do something. Unfortunately, we couldn't come to an agreement which was a shame.[LNB] I have not said that I want to leave Bournemouth or anything like that, but I felt that I wanted to be rewarded for how I have done over the time I have been here.[LNB] Unfortunately, at the minute, nothing has been agreed. The ball is in Bournemouth's court and I am happy to listen to what they have got to say.[LNB] In the meantime, I will carry on giving 100 per cent for Bournemouth as I usually do.[LNB] But it is disappointing that nothing has come of the talks.[LNB] Cherries supporters will be hoping for a swift and positive outcome as Jalal is the only experienced goalkeeper on the club's books.[LNB] With rookie Dan Thomas set for a season-long loan at Blue Square South side Dorchester Town and Cherries looking for another keeper to challenge Jalal for the number one spot, time is of the essence.[LNB] Jalal, who joined Cherries from Peterborough, added: I am grateful to Bournemouth for giving me the opportunity to prove myself.[LNB] I have not gone to see the chairman demanding a transfer or anything like that and in all fairness to Bradders and the chairman, they have been trying to persuade me to extend my contract for some time now, but I also accept the financial realities involved.[LNB] I am in the club's hands and if they wish to accept an offer for me before my contract expires, then no doubt we will deal with it as and when.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo