Manager John Askey says Leon Legge doesn’t have a clause in his contract and says it would be a “false economy” to not play a player if such a clause existed.
Rumours have been rife that Legge has not been picked so as to not evoke a contract extension. Such clauses, where a contract extension is granted after the player makes a certain number of appearances are common in football. Michael Tonge and Danny Pugh’s contracts were both extended in the summer through such a clause.
Fans have been upset that the veteran defender has not been playing simply to prevent a contract extension but Askey was keen to debunk the rumour.
Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke he said: “Leon’s been involved in each squad . The fact we went with three at the back suits the other three probably more than Leon but it’s a consideration given the results we’ve had.”
Asked if there was a trigger clause Askey added: “No, the situation we’re in it would be a false economy to do that even if there was a clause. It’s vital now we get safe. A clause wouldn’t enter anyone’s mind at this point.”