DANNY CADAMARTERI today underlined his commitment to the Town cause – and repeated his desire to stay at the club.
The 29-year-old continues to be linked with Scottish Premier League side Dundee United, whose manager Craig Levein took him to Leicester in 2007.
But the forward whose original two-year Town deal ends this summer would be happy to extend his Galpharm stay, if the terms are right.
“We’ve been going to and fro since the turn of the year, but previously the talks had been very stop-start, because there were other things to focus on,” said Cadamarteri.
“I just tried to keep my head down, stay fit and train and play as well as I could.
“Now the end of the season is getting nearer, the talks are back on the agenda, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can come to some level of agreement.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club so far, I come from this area and my family are nicely settled here and if we can sort a deal out, I’d be delighted to stay here.”
Signed by Andy Ritchie from Leicester, Cadamarteri’s skills have also been lauded by Stan Ternent and current boss Lee Clark.
But there have been worries over the fitness record of the former Bradford, Leeds and Sheffield United player.
Cadamarteri has played in 49 of a possible 101 games for Town, but Clark is confident he has the backroom staff to get the best from a player who made his big breakthrough with Everton and won three England Under 21 caps.
Both player and manager are preparing for Saturday’s visit of Brighton, who are fighting relegation from League I and are desperate for a win at Bristol Rovers tonight.
Cadamarteri hopes for a seventh successive start against Russell Slade’s side, who beat Oldham 3-1 on Saturday.
Town reserves close their totesport.com League East Division campaign away to Grimsby tomorrow (7.00) needing a win to keep their title hopes intact.