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Batth Is The Man?


11:00 5th March 2013

Boss hints at new contract for defender

Wolves boss Dean Saunders today confirmed that the club has opened contract talks with young defender Danny Batth.
After spending much of the last three seasons out on loan, the 22 year-old has broken into the Wolves first team in the last few weeks, turning in a series of impressive performances at the heart of the defence.
Now, Saunders says that the club are keen to secure the long-term services of Batth, who is already tied to the club until 2014.
"He's done well - we'd like to get him a new contract," explained the manager. "It's not ideal having lots of youngsters in your back four, but they've all done well.
"Danny dropped back to the bench for the Watford game, but that's no reflection on him as I think the defence has looked good in the last couple of weeks.
"Danny's got a big future at this club, but this isn't an ideal situation for a youngster to be coming into - with the team struggling as they are - so I went with a bit of experience in the centre of defence, knowing that we already had two youngsters in the full-back positions."
Speaking ahead of tonight's encounter with Millwall at The Den, Saunders also explained how vital it is that is senior players step up to the mark as the season enters its closing months.
"I think we're a bit short of leaders at the moment if I'm being honest," he continued. "I'm looking at about four or five of them and I want them to get out there and do my job on the pitch.
"With the teams I've had in the past, I've had about four or five of those characters that will sort out dressing room problems before they get to me and get my messages out there on the field."
With under a month of the loan window remaining, the boss was also quizzed on any further potential additions to his squad.
So far, Saunders has been able to bring in two additions in the form of defenders Kaspars Gorkss and Jack Robinson, and although the manager admits he would like to add another striker before the window closes, he says that recruiting the right players is proving difficult.
"Our league position is certainly an issue with regards to getting players to come here," he admitted. "But another problem is the motives of the players.
"We've got to ask what their motives are - are they going to come here and really have a go, or are they just going to come here to put themselves in the shop window for next season?
"We have to weigh that up when we're speaking to them and their representatives. But we're still trying, as we speak, to get some players in."
He continued: "I think we need two or three additions to the squad. We need them, but actually getting them in - and getting them motivated - is a different kettle of fish." 

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