Constable waits on new Oxford United deal + VIDEO

This stunning strike from James Constable at Torquay United in August has been short-listed for the Mitre Goal of the Year.  Votes from supporters will help select the top five.  Visit www.socceram.com/goaloftheyear to register yours.

This stunning strike from James Constable at Torquay United in August has been short-listed for the Mitre Goal of the Year. Votes from supporters will help select the top five. Visit www.socceram.com/goaloftheyear to register yours.

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James Constable is “desperate” to stay at Oxford United, but says talks over a new contract have yet to begin.

The striker is the highest profile member of the group whose existing deals expire at the end of the season.

He is also the longest-serving player in the squad, making 263 appearances since joining, initially on loan, in 2008.

The 29-year-old has been their top scorer in all five seasons since and is also on the verge of becoming United’s all-time top marksman.

An impressive finish in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers, which ended an 11-game barren run, was his 104th goal for United, just four away from breaking the record.

Constable, known as Beano, is keen to agree a new deal, but little progress has been made and he knows the ball is in chairman Ian Lenagan’s court.

“My dad’s my agent and he has put a couple of calls in, but other than that we’re not too much further down that line,” he said.

“I’ve made it pretty clear I’d love to stay. It’s over to the chairman now and hopefully it can be sorted out.”

He added: “Time is ticking away and I’m desperate to get something sorted and stay at the football club.

“I’m sure in the next few weeks that will be tied up, we just need to carry on getting results on the pitch and the rest will take care of itself.”

Lenagan has made it clear in recent weeks he has no intention of repeating the end of last season, when decisions had to be made on the futures of a large chunk of the squad.

Progress is being made, with goalkeeper Ryan Clarke and youth team prospect Josh Ashby agreeing new deals in the last fortnight.

Seeing a contract run down is a new experience for Constable, but he is focused on putting the uncertainty to one side.

He added: “It’s normally been done years in advance, but at 29 it’s probably the way it will go.

“It’s not affecting me at the minute. I’m just desperate to get out there and perform the best I can.

“The more goals I score, hopefully the easier the decision will be.”

  • James Constable's strike at Torquay United (at 3.05) has been short-listed for Mitre Goal of the Year

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7:55pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Sinny Vamways says...

Come on Ian, hurry up and offer him a new deal. Beano is one of the clubs all time greats and still adds a lot to the team. He will be an asset on and off the pitch, whatever league we are in.
Come on Ian, hurry up and offer him a new deal. Beano is one of the clubs all time greats and still adds a lot to the team. He will be an asset on and off the pitch, whatever league we are in. Sinny Vamways
  • Score: 18

8:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

H.J.Harris says...

If something isn't agreed soon, will we be hearing about good offers made for Beano to go elsewhere ?

deja vu all over again ?
If something isn't agreed soon, will we be hearing about good offers made for Beano to go elsewhere ? deja vu all over again ? H.J.Harris
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Dolly76 says...

I think we need to get this sorted as quickly as possible, given the situation we are in I don't think we want to be adding to the uncertainty around the club.
I think we need to get this sorted as quickly as possible, given the situation we are in I don't think we want to be adding to the uncertainty around the club. Dolly76
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Doctor69 says...

I trust IL to make the right decision here. Beano is hardly prolific in league 2, if we go up to league 1 we will without doubt need a better first choice forward.
I trust IL to make the right decision here. Beano is hardly prolific in league 2, if we go up to league 1 we will without doubt need a better first choice forward. Doctor69
  • Score: -6

3:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Taff Ewe says...

Beano should be offered a new deal, but I suspect his wages may get reduced taking into account his goalscoring form. He epitomises OUFC in every way, however I feel he may need a couple of hat tricks in succession to get a good long term deal.

He should be hitting 20 a season.
Beano should be offered a new deal, but I suspect his wages may get reduced taking into account his goalscoring form. He epitomises OUFC in every way, however I feel he may need a couple of hat tricks in succession to get a good long term deal. He should be hitting 20 a season. Taff Ewe
  • Score: -5

11:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

YellowRose says...

SIGN HIM UP IMMEDIATELY!
SIGN HIM UP IMMEDIATELY! YellowRose
  • Score: 3

10:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

adlibber says...

Beano pulling a Wilder here?if you don't give me a longer contract I may go elsewhere? Timing of this is odd. He could be a Northampton player soon. Lenagan is right to wait until the end of the season. If we miss out on promotion Beano may well be gone anyway and whilst he's been terrific over the years he's not as prolific as he was.
Beano pulling a Wilder here?if you don't give me a longer contract I may go elsewhere? Timing of this is odd. He could be a Northampton player soon. Lenagan is right to wait until the end of the season. If we miss out on promotion Beano may well be gone anyway and whilst he's been terrific over the years he's not as prolific as he was. adlibber
  • Score: -1

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