Barnsley: Hopeful Nyatanga targeting a new deal with Reds

Lewin Nyatanga.
Lewin Nyatanga.
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Reds centre-back Lewin Nytanga wants to sign a new contract with the club because he sees a bright future at Oakwell.

Defender Nyatanga has been a mainstay of the Reds’ defence this season and forged a successful partnership alongside skipper Martin Cranie.

Nyatanga’s current contract is up in the summer but it looks likely that he is going to be one of the players manager Lee Johnson tries to keep.

“Hopefully we can get something sorted out,” said Nyatanga, ahead of today’s penultimate home clash of the season with Peterborough United.

“It’s a good club, there’s a lot of belief we can do something good next year and get out of this league.

“All season I’ve just concentrated on playing, and playing well. When you play well everything else just takes care of itself.

“Even with just three games to go this season I’m just concentrating on putting in three good performances.

“I’ve been in this position before, but as footballer your judged on performances whether you have a contract or not.

“I’m sure things will sort themselves out, they always do.”

Loan striker George Waring, centre-back Jean-Yves M’voto and winger Dale Jennings are all missing with injury for the visit of Posh.

But Nyatanga is confident the Reds can claim their first win for five matches despite carrying some casualties.

“We’re playing for personal pride, it’s important we try and finish strongly,” said Nyatanga.

Meanwhile, Johnson believes a top-half finish would be a good achievement for the club this year, especially considering the dire trouble they were in before he took over as manager.

“Looking at the big picture finishing just outside the play-offs this season would be a good season for what we’ve got,” said Johnson.

“We need to improve vastly in all areas of the pitch if we have aspirations of being as big a club as we should be in the division.”

“But I’m quite comfortable where we need to improve and what we need to do. It’s about thrashing that about over the summer.”