Croll’s contract extended

Ahead of the trip to Barnet, James Rowe revealed that Luke Croll’s contract has been extended.

The defender originally signed on a short-term deal in November and has since made six appearances for the club, scoring one goal. He also featured in last week’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Chelsea.

Rowe confirmed the news of the contract extension in the pre-match press conference, saying: “We’ve agreed that deal until the end of the season, so that’s really good news for us.

“It happened amongst the madness leading up to the Chelsea game, so it got missed. 

“We’re really pleased to get it done; he’s conducted himself really well since arriving here.

“He’s a top player and we’re fortunate to have him at the club.”

With the EFL January transfer window open, transfer talk is a hot topic amongst reporters and supporters. 

Rowe spoke about potential incomings, commenting: “I think that if I want to do some transfer activity, I can.

“It has to be the right player; we know what we need to improve. I think the losses of Jack Clarke and Danny Rowe are heavy and they would be to any club at this level. 

“We need to strengthen if we’re going to be where we want to be, come the end of this season. We’re a couple short of what we want.

“I’m sure things will come out over the next couple of weeks, some will have truth to them, and some will have no truth to them.”

The gaffer also commented on potential outgoings, suggesting some players may be available to go out on loan.

He said: “We’ve had no bids at all for any of our players. We’re looking to loan a couple of players out if we can though, as players are coming back from different scenarios and need to get some game time.”