Brentford stars in contract dispute

Brentford duo Sam Saunders and Gary Alexander are continuing to stall over signing new contracts because they want longer-term deals.

They have been offered one-year extensions with clauses entitling them to a second year after what manager Uwe Rosler has described as “an easily manageable” number of games.

Defender Karleigh Osborne has been made available for transfer after rejecting a similar offer.

All three players are in the final months of their current contracts and could leave on Bosman free transfers in the summer if they do not agree new terms.

The same applies to midfielder Marcus Bean, who has been also been having talks with the club.

“There’s a few things I’m not quite happy with,” fans’ favourite Saunders told West London Sport.

“It’s the length of contract I most want to sort out. I want to commit myself properly and stay for as long as possible.

“I’m only renting over here [in west London] at the moment and I’d like to move over here and purchase a house, but the contract I’m being offered won’t enable me to do that.”

He added: “I’m not being greedy. I just want what I feel is the going rate.

“Hopefully we can get it sorted out before the end of January because I don’t want to leave. I want to start building foundations here.”

Alexander, 32, is in a similar situation and insists he too wants to stay at Griffin Park.

The forward said: “Talks are still going on. But everything’s got to be right for my family and right for me. I’m loving my life here and when everything’s right I’ll sign.”

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