Lambert to wait until Canaries safety is secured before new deals for Ward and Whitbread

Lambert to wait until Canaries safety is secured before new deals for Ward and Whitbread

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19:57 GMT, 26 March 2012

Paul Lambert is keeping his players on their toes by waiting until the club are safe before discussing new deals with those out of contract in the summer.

Norwich have a chequered history of financial problems – partly due to yo-yoing in and out of the top flight.

Last year owners Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones were praised for turning the club’s finances around.

Out of contract: Whitbread (right)

Out of contract: Whitbread (right)

Two key players, experienced centre-backs Elliott Ward and Zak Whitbread, are out of contract in the summer.

But even with the club one point away from the 40-point mark considered safe Canaries boss Lambert is not taking any risks.

Midfielder David Fox, who is also out of contract at the end of the season, said: 'I think the club has been in a very bad situation in the past money-wise so [Lambert] is not a situation to be throwing out big contracts to players and then we get relegated.

‘You don’t want to see the club in the position they were before and the club as a whole are cutting their cloth accordingly and doing things sensibly since they came to the Premier League.

‘It is very easy to get promoted and throw loads of money at the lads and then get relegated and the club are in trouble then.

‘I am sure when we are safe people will find out.’