Carlisle United are keen to keep on loan duo Mike Grella and Lubomir Michalik beyond their current deal which runs out at midnight.
Gregg Abbott, the Carlisle manager told the clubs official website: “We`re working away at getting definite answers on our loan players, and with Lubo and Mike we have had serious conversations with both.” American striker Grella has netted three goals in 11 appearances for the Cumbrians and may find first team opportunities limited at Elland Road with the likes of Ross McCormack, Luciano Becchio, Billy Paynter and Davide Somma all ahead of him in the pecking order. Slovakian defender Michalik has been told he has no future at Elland Road and has played 15 games in his loan spell.
Abbot said: “The situation with Lubo is that he is looking to earn himself a deal somewhere, not just for the remainder of this season but for the season after. His contract is up in the summer so he is thinking longer term.”
Bates defends price rise.
Leeds United Chairman Ken Bates has been forced to defend the rise in season ticket prices for the 2011/12 season which were announced in the clubs programme for the New Year’s Day clash with Middlesbrough.
Early renewals are available up until the end of February, but still see an increase of up to 13% irrespective of the division the club play in next year. Bates told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “There’s inflation and there’s a 2.5 per cent increase in VAT but it’s actually an increase of five per cent. When the government previously reduced VAT, we reduced our match day prices by £1. We couldn’t send every season ticket holder a cheque so when we calculated this season’s prices, we deducted the VAT refund that we couldn’t give them before. That cost the club £50000. Our costs have gone up. There’s a three per cent increase on our rent, our rates won’t go up by too much but all our other costs continue to rise.”
The club will not announce prices for those who do not renew, or new applicants until the end of the season.
Leeds will be without Neil Kilkenny for the visit to Cardiff City on Tuesday as he links up with Australia for the Asian Cup in Qatar.
The midfielder, who played a key part in United’s late revival against Middlesbrough on Saturday, could be missing for most of January. Robert Snodgrass is an injury worry, as he was replaced following a knee to the back in the draw at Elland Road. Ben Parker will be pushing for a place in the starting line-up in the left back position. Leeds will be glad that Cardiff’s new signing Jon Parkin is unlikely to figure following his move from Hull City. The burly striker caused all sorts of problems for the Leeds defence earlier in the season when netting a hat-trick for his previous club Preston North End in their remarkable 4-6 win at Elland Road. He is doubtful with an ankle problem.