BOSS Gary Megson has hinted he wants to hang on to Sheffield Wednesday captain Tommy Miller.
Megson left the midfielder out at table-topping Brighton for contractual reasons.
Miller, whose deal runs out at the end of the season at Hillsborough, is just four matches away from triggering a clause in his contract that stipulates a 12-month renewal.
The thorny issue prompted Megson to drop the 32-year-old for the trip to the Seagulls and the Owls boss opted to start Joey O’Brien in midfield alongside James O’Connor.
Megson has told The Star talks are ongoing between the two parties.
“Tommy has got something in his contract where if he plays a certain amount of games he gets another year on a wage that we can’t afford so he will not play those amount of games,” he said. “There is no point in trying to mask it.
“He didn’t not play against Brighton for any other reason than I had this pushed in front of me. We will sit down and talk to Tommy and see if there is common ground for himself and wanting to stay at Wednesday. He is a great lad, he’s captained the team, scores goals and since I have arrived his fitness seems to be a lot better.”
Megson has admitted a second charge of improper conduct in relation to media comments following the 1-1 draw at Dagenham last month. A date for his personal hearing has not been confirmed.