Date: 2nd July 2015 at 4:45pm
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With Carlos Edwards continuing to train and rehabilitate at the club following the knee problem he picked up last September in the scoreless draw against Nottingham Forest that kept him out for the rest of the campaign, manager Neil Harris has been quoted by News Shopper as explaining that despite him being out of contract at the club, there is no deadline for him to win a new deal or prove his fitness, it’s a relaxed situation and we’ll just go with it even though he has been officially released now.

Harris explained that the 36 year old defender was now well on the road to recovery once more, but such was the seriousness of the injury and the length of his time on the sidelines, he knows there’s no rush.

‘There is no cut off date for Carlos. Carlos is progressing really well and is well ahead of schedule. He was a big loss to the team last year in and around the squad when we lost him. His experience on a matchday was a big loss for the 18. Carlos had a terrible injury which is difficult at any age.’

Harris went on to say that whilst there was no rush on the contract front or for Edwards to push himself too much, he does appreciate that Edwards has a point to prove to himself, Harris and the club given his time out injured and the contract situation, but he remains relaxed about things and the time to prove a point will arrive when that’s ready to happen.

‘Carlos is relaxed, he wants a new contract. When he is back at the fitness levels he needs to be at competing on the pitch then we will sit him down and have a chat about where we are going to go from there. We are not getting ahead of ourselves. Carlos has a long way to go and we aren`t putting any pressure on him whatsoever. He is taking it one day, one week at a time and that is the best way.’

With the future of David Forde also up in the air with continuing links to the likes of Derby, Reading and Fulham, Harris also briefly commented on the signing of former loanee stopper Jordan Archer, explaining that he brought him in because he sees real potential but it’s not an indication of Forde’s future directly.

‘I got Jordan in because we see potential. Jordan showed his capability at the end of the season and he is competing for the number one jersey. David Forde is contracted to the club and is a top goalkeeper. He has said he wants to be Ireland`s number one and it is up to Martin O`Neill if he is selected. But Jordan wasn`t signed looking at David`s situation, Jordan was signed so we can have two keepers competing for the number one jersey.’

Still wouldn’t put much money on him remaining at The Den come the 2015-16 competitive kick off would you really.

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