It's decision time for Dublin
Norwich City boss Peter Grant last night warned Dion Dublin it was 'make your mind up time' over his new one-year contract offer.The Canaries' player-of-the-season runner-up earned a ten day deadline extension to decide on his short term future after making a huge impact in City's largely disappointing Championship struggle.
Norwich City boss Peter Grant last night warned Dion Dublin it was 'make your mind up time' over his new one-year contract offer.
The Canaries' player-of-the-season runner-up earned a ten day deadline extension to decide on his short term future after making a huge impact in City's largely disappointing Championship struggle.
Grant is desperate to coax one final farewell out of the 38-year-old, but admitted he was still waiting for an answer from the former England international.
"We will have to make the decision quickly," he insisted. "I don't want it to drag on too long because I think it's important I know where my focus is. We can hopefully put a close to it this week at the latest, then everyone can move on - whether it's Dion being here or bringing someone new into the place.
"I will need to make sure it's clear in my mind and I have to make sure it is clear in Dion's.
"We've had fitness tests this week so that's why it has been a bit later, and why I have given him a few more days to speak to his wife and family. I think that was important for us. The club has done everything we can financial wise, that is not a problem and Dion will tell you the same.
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"The problem is going to be if he wants to keep travelling up and down. Obviously his kids are very important to him."
Dublin notched seven goals in 38 appearances on his return to the club where he began his illustrious career as a trainee in 1988. The versatile veteran underlined his value with a series of sterling defensive cameos over the Championship run when Grant faced a mounting central defensive injury crisis.
Dublin (below) signed off with a goal in the 3-2 Championship defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, but his post match salute to City's travelling support suggested he had made his last appearance for the club.
"I'll go and have talks with my family and do what's right for them - if that means signing for Norwich next season then I will do that," he said. "I've only got one decision to make and we all know what that is - it's to do what's best for my family.
"I can only say thank you to the fans for taking me to their hearts. They have been so good to me. The respect I've got from the players is great. The staff here have also been great. I have not got one bad thing to say about Norwich City Football Club."