LIAM FONTAINE today revealed he’s happy to put contract talks on hold as he concentrates on helping Hibs secure promotion to the Premiership and a place in the Scottish Cup final.
The defender’s current one-year deal is ticking down but, as yet, there’s been no discussion about an extension even although head coach Alan Stubbs recently insisted he’d love to keep his current squad together. But rather than fretting about the situation, the 29-year-old, while admitting he’s more than happy at Easter Road, claims to being totally relaxed and happy just to be enjoying his football again.
And as far as a new contract is concerned, the former Bristol City stopper admitted there have been no moves thus far – not that he is overly concerned.
He said: “We haven’t had any chats. My contract is until the end of the season and that’s it so far. I’m happy to focus on the football. I think any person who is enjoying themselves and their football and are happy would always want to talk about a new contract.
“But that will come when it comes. I’m quite an experienced player now, that’s not my focus. I came up here for a reason, to get playing again and to be happy. That’s what I am doing and I’d like that to continue not just for the season, but for as long as I play the game.
“If the gaffer has said he wants to keep everyone then that’s a positive. That will take care of itself when it happens. My focus is purely on what we want to achieve on the field.”
Even the weekend 2-0 defeat by Rangers, rivals for second place in the Championship table, and one which ended a 15-match unbeaten run for the Capital side, did little to dampen Fontaine’s spirit.
He said: “To be successful, to gain promotion and to get to a Scottish Cup final is what we are playing for. I want to be successful, that’s why I came up here.”