Port Vale look to secure Tom Pope future
STAR striker Tom Pope has been promised "the contract he deserves" to stay at Port Vale.
Chairman Paul Wildes is planning talks over a new deal, and will reward his 26-goal front man for his sensational form this season.
Pope, who triggered an extension to his current contract when he scored his 15th goal of the campaign back in November, has yet to formally sign.
But the lifelong Vale fan is keen to stay and Wildes said he has every intention of securing Pope's future.
"Tom's current contract runs until the end of the season and we'll be offering him a new one very soon," said Wildes.
"He did trigger a clause, but that deal didn't reflect where he is now as a player.
"He is our best striker and we want to him to hopefully spearhead our League One campaign next year.
"He's an integral part of the squad, he's a Port Vale supporter and he's happy here, so we'll sit down when the time is right and I'm confident we'll agree something.
"Both parties want to do the deal, and we certainly have no interest in selling him."
Wildes refused to put a time-scale on when a new deal might be announced, but insisted there was no need for supporters to panic.
"My message to the fans is don't worry," he added.
"We're aware of the situation and everyone is keen to resolve the situation."
Pope, who was denied the chance to add to his goal tally when today's home clash with Bradford was postponed, said he was happy to wait for a new contract offer.
"I've just been concentrating on my football," said the 27-year-old.
"I'm sure the chairman has plans and I'm sure he'll have a word with me sooner or later. I'll let that take care of itself.
"When you're playing well, you know contract talks are going to come. It's not as if I'm worried about my future."