BATTLING midfield graduate Adnan Ahmed has had positive new contract talks on the eve of the derby with Doncaster.
The 21-year-old has been offered a two-year deal by manager Peter Jackson, who is ready to make changes at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow (3.00).
Ahmed will feature in a starting line-up including goalkeeper Paul Rachubka and latest signing Danny Adams, who gets his chance after his deadline-day arrival from Stockport on non-contract terms.
"Things have started moving with Adnan and I'm very hopeful we'll be able to get things sorted out," said Jackson today.
"Our initial talks have been very positive and I really can't see a problem, which is great news.
"Apart from last Saturday, when he wasn't really on top of his game, Adnan has been getting better by the game and he's not only aggressive, but he can play the ball and take deadly set pieces as well.
"He is a smashing lad, too, who wants to do well for himself and we've been really pleased with his progress."
Rachubka came through a thorough fitness test yesterday and is expected to be fit to face Dave Penney's side with play-off points at stake.
It's a bonus, because Phil Senior, who stepped in at the last minute for the 2-1 win at Peterborough, took a knock on a leg in training yesterday and is under treatment from physio Lee Martin.
Striker John McAliskey and midfielder Michael Collins are added, along with Rachubka, to the 16 on duty last weekend.
A crowd of around 14,000 is expected tomorrow with both clubs still in with an outside chance of reaching the top six.