Dexter Blackstock still waiting to hear from Nottingham Forest
DEXTER Blackstock today insisted he is ready to talk about a new deal at Nottingham Forest – but says he has heard nothing from the club.
The striker's contract expires in the summer and, in just a few weeks, in January, he will be free to talk to other clubs about a free-transfer move in the summer.
Blackstock, who scored as the Reds beat Burnley 2-0 last weekend, is keen to remain at the City Ground, where he is a popular figure with supporters.
And he urged the club to open talks over a new deal, saying: "It is not that hard to get hold of me. People know where I am!
"There has not been any movement. There have not been any talks. I don't know what I can say… I am here.
"We are in mid-December now, almost. January is almost here. But what can I do?
"I have a great rapport with the fans, I love being here. It is a great club to play for and I hope that continues. But I have not been offered a contract."
Blackstock says he is relaxed about the situation and will continue to give his all on the pitch, regardless of what happens off it.
"It is not a case of being disappointed. I don't run the club, I do not control the finances here. I don't know what the club have planned," he said.
"These are decisions that need to be made by the hierarchy of the club. I am not going to be disappointed about something I have no control over.
"I have a contract that runs until the end of the season. I am fully prepared to work hard to fulfil that. I have not officially been offered a new contract. What can I do?
"We have had conversations in the past about players leaving the club for nothing. But it is out of my hands."
Regardless of his own long-term future, Blackstock does believe he will be part of a challenge for promotion to the top flight between now and May – as long as the squad manage to transform their individual quality into team performances on the pitch.
"When you look at the players who are in the squad, who are on the bench and who are not even involved, we have one of the best squads in the Championship on paper," he said.
"But paper teams win paper cups, don't they?
"It is about doing it out there on the grass.
"You have to produce that quality on the pitch and that is what we are aiming to do. We believe that we can."