Pratley extends contract
Darren Pratley was Lee Bowyer’s second signing (his first was Lyle Taylor, so not a bad first couple of picks), and the 34-year has been an exceptional force on and off the pitch in his time in SE7. His performances and fitness at the latter stages of last season, especially in the play-off’s, were exceptional and he’s started this season in the same vein.
Today Pratley signed a years contract extension taking him to June 2021. Our most experienced player alongside Bowyer and Jackson must be an inspiration for our roster of excellent young midfielders.
Meanwhile Bowyer quelled any rumours that his ‘project’ Macauley Bonne will be going out on loan to Ipswich or anywhere else as the manager wants to keep the ex-O’s striker close to the first team squad.
Our squad maybe more robust than in other years, but with Bow keen to rotate, I’d rather us keep the numbers together.
One area we are short is right back and Adam Matthews has joined Tyrone Mears on trial. Matthews was released from Sunderland in the summer, and hasn’t played much football in the past two seasons. The Welshman came through the ranks at Cardiff and then played over 100 games for Celtic.