Everyone saying we should just give him an upgrade so that we don’t lose him seems to forget one thing, we have no money available next year to offer him an upgrade!!
In saying that though I’m sure Madge has been watching games as much as we have and can see the importance of Matto and should he be able to clear some of our wood ducks then keeping Matto happy and offering him an upgrade would become a priority. Madge is trying to build a team/club around consistency and stability and what better way to do that than build a team around quality players like Matto which in turn helps you attract other quality players.
I know what i’m saying, and i’ve seen others saying too. You extend him for an extra 2 years, and upgrade him from 2021 onward. He can’t get any more next year. A token upgrade perhaps, but i think he’d see the value in signing better players for him to play with.
He extends his commitment to the club and he gets compensated accordingly. 2 years of matto at 350k is great value for us, and upgrading the final year of his existing deal is showing him the respect for what he’s done at the club and his subsequent increase in market value. If we don’t upgrade his final year he’d be more likely to want to entertain offers from other clubs next Nov.
A bit of give and take from both sides and we all come out better.
Agree 100% that $350k for two years is great value and that an increase/extension from 2021 is a great idea, was more pointing out that there’s been comments saying just give him extra money now which obviously we can’t do.
Like I also said I have no doubt Madge can see his value to the team long term and he will do whatever is necessary, within reason, to keep him here long term.