MATT YOUNG and Town were today putting the finishing touches to a contract extension as boss Peter Jackson dropped plans to appeal against Andy Holdsworth's red card at Rotherham.
With video footage proving inconclusive and confirmation that the right-back's suspension will be for one match only - Saturday's League I visit of Crewe - Jackson has elected to accept the club's sixth red card of the season, and subsequent punishment.
With Danny Schofield already serving a one-match ban (for reaching five bookings) and Andy Booth rated extremely doubtful because of the calf injury which kept him out on Tuesday, Jackson's resources are stretched.
It's exactly the kind of situation which emphasises the usefulness of Young, who can play anywhere in midfield and filled in for Holdsworth in defence for a spell of the Millmoor match, which Town won 3-2 with the help of Luke Beckett's double.
Out of contract in the summer, it seems that Young, 21 , will agree a new deal through to the end of the 2007-08 season.
The Leeds-based Academy product made his 27th appearance of the campaign and 30th in all for the club at Rotherham.
"Matt has come on in leaps and bounds in the last 12 months," said Jackson, who watched Town Reserves go down 1-0 to Shrewsbury at the Galpharm yesterday (report Page 42).
"His energy and enthusiasm is excellent and he has proved himself a versatile player."
On Holdsworth, Jackson said: "We decided against appealing after looking at the video and speaking to the referee's assessor. Had the appeal failed, the ban could have been increased.
"I have appealed three times in the past and all three have failed."
Former Town left-back Danny Adams has joined Conference club Morecambe until the end of the season.