Video: Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky focuses mind on long-term view

LEONID SLUTSKY admits talks are on-going with a number of Hull City players who are into the final year of their contracts.

The Tigers host Nottingham Forest in tomorrow’s televised tea-time clash at the KCOM Stadium on the back of taking seven points from their last three outings.

With back-to-back matches on home soil coming up – Middlesbrough are the visitors on Tuesday – City have a chance to move up the table.

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It isn’t, though, just on-field matters focusing minds at Hull with a host of first team players well into the final 12 months of their contracts.

Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

Michael Dawson revealed earlier today that his agent, after making initial contact with the club hierarchy about negotiations over a possible extension, was still awaiting a response.

Slutsky, however, wants the 33-year-old to stay in the East Riding beyond next summer. Asked about a situation that also sees the contracts of Allan McGregor, Seb Larsson, Adama Diomande and David Meyler expire next year, the Tigers head coach said: “We spoke with chief scout and we had special conversation about the future, about my opinion on who is finishing contract and my opinion on re-signing players.

“Of course, Dawson was on my list and I will be very happy if he signs new contract with club and he stays here maximum long.

“I don’t know absolutely but I know that the club met with his agent and now we are in the process of negotiating.

Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

“I think we have professional players here and everyone is concentrating only on the match tomorrow, no-one is thinking about the far future.

“But, of course, for confidence and security, especially for the experienced players, it is important to have a long term contract and I hope we will decide all our problems with contracts before the winter transfer window.”

Abel Hernandez is another into the final year of his contract. Asked about a striker who ruptured his Achilles in August, Slutsky added: “Yes, Abel Hernandez is the same situation.

“We spoke before (the injury) about his new contract, his agent came to the training ground and of course everything has stopped now.

“But I think in wintertime or January, we will sit again and speak about new contract.”