posted on Dec, 22 2004 @ 01:00 PM
Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll is hopeful of signing an extension to his contract early in the new year.
The Northern Ireland international's current deal runs out at the end of the season but he has rejected an initial offer, to the disbelief of manager
Sir Alex Ferguson, who questioned whether Carroll could expect to receive better terms elsewhere.
But, despite apparent interest from Arsenal, the 26-year-old's agent, Francis Martin, insists Carroll is not looking for a move, merely an improvement
on the deal on offer.
"We are talking to the club at the moment," confirmed Martin.
"There is not too much between us and I would anticipate something being sorted out early in the new year.
"Roy is not being greedy. He just wants to be on a par with some of the senior players at the club."
Carroll has refused to elaborate on the major reasons why he has failed to a sign the extension, although Martin has now revealed they relate mainly
to a worry about his previous lack of first-team opportunities.
Those fears have been alleviated by a 16-game run in the side which has been broken only by Tim Howard's appearances on Carling Cup duty and the
dead-rubber Champions League trip to Fenerbahce.
Carroll's confidence was boosted significantly by Ferguson's decision to stand by him for the Premiership win at West Brom last month, which came
immediately after his glaring mistake against Lyon at Old Trafford.
Now Carroll, who has made 55 first-team appearances since his 2.5million move from Wigan in 2001, is ready to commit his future to the Old Trafford