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He's on 2 goals and 4 assists for the season. In 23 games. Not breathtaking but already a fair improvement on his 2 goals and 1 assist in 38 games from his last season at Boro. He has also played a fair few games at LB. And notched one in the cup.

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Completed 90% of his passes yesterday apparently. 

Deserving of another year? You would have to say so on his performances this season.

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Best pure footballer at the club, versatile in a good way (the anti-Bennett), extremely professional and still has good fitness for a player his age - unlike many players at the club he's rarely injured. Definitely wouldn't be opposed to a year's extension.

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3 hours ago, skous18 said:

He looks the fittest and is our player of the season so far. Id give him a new 2 years contract 

Point A - Correct and an example of how a top pro should look after himself. Sadly it'll be lost on a lot of championship jobbers.

Point B - Woah there, way over the top he's getting on and as we've seen numerous times the legs can go overnight. Asses him at the end of the season but if money is tight it might be best used elsewhere.

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1 hour ago, Admiral Nelsen said:

Easy decision this one, well worth another 12 months. 

I don't know for sure but I would image there is a contract clause for either party for another year maybe dependent on appearances. 

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17 minutes ago, davulsukur said:

Needs to be reviewed at the end of the season but if a contract is offered needs to be 1 year max.

Yup. a 12 month extension would be the most sensible option. There's no need to rush. I doubt we'd face that much competition for a player who'd be 37 the following summer.  

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Just now, Bigdoggsteel said:

Wouldn't make sense to offer more than 1 year at a time.

Gareth Barry still around at 38

Yup, one year at a time is the most sensible option. Once legs go it is sudden. Besides, who knows what Downing wants, he might fancy retiring. Definitely earned a years extension though. Funny thing is I never really rated him in his younger years but he has impressed me so much this season. Loves to play football so you have to respect that he chose to join us for minutes after being told he wouldn't feature much for Boro this season. Bet they are regretting that decision now though. 

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A class act. Player of the Year without question and Mowbray deserves credit for his signing. Definitely worth another year. A great professional. 

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Hes been unexpectedly brilliant. But. He is old and could go at any time. The older he gets the more likely it becomes.

Despite how good he has been, the sensible decision would be to offer him 12 months...at a reduced wage. I'm sure some won't agree, but you will if his legs give out in November.

A player-coach arrangement may also suit all parties.

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We've seen with Mulgrew how quickly age can catch up with a player once they get into their 30s. A year's extension would definitely be the wisest move. Giving Mulgrew 2 1/2 years in retrospect was a huge mistake.

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11 minutes ago, DeeCee said:

Can't believe what I'm reading! Another contract?

So you dont think he is worth another year on current/season form?

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1 minute ago, DeeCee said:

Downing deffo, Mulgrew  no

Dont think anyone is suggesting Mulgrew to get a new contract.

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4 minutes ago, JacknOry said:

Dont think anyone is suggesting Mulgrew to get a new contract.

Sorry, crossed wires 🙄

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7 hours ago, Bigdoggsteel said:

Wouldn't make sense to offer more than 1 year at a time.

Gareth Barry still around at 38

Downing is only 6 months older than Milner who just signed a 2 year extension playing for the current best team in the world. Hard one but he is definately top quality in every position Tony shoves him.

If my maths are right, Salgado was 34 when he arrived and played until 37 when he was still capable.

Quality is quality.

Wasn't Tugay here from 31 to 39 ?

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2 hours ago, OldEwoodBlue said:

Downing is only 6 months older than Milner who just signed a 2 year extension playing for the current best team in the world. Hard one but he is definately top quality in every position Tony shoves him.

If my maths are right, Salgado was 34 when he arrived and played until 37 when he was still capable.

Quality is quality.

Wasn't Tugay here from 31 to 39 ?

All fair points. Some players can cut it at crazy ages. But nobody is disputing that. Many lose it at the drop of a hat at this stage of their career.

The current best team in the world can easily manage Milner's wages. Downing is probably one of our best paid players and we are in huge debt whilst risking FUP sanctions. It can only be a one year deal. And as I said before, a bit of a wage drop really as the risk of suddenly losing it increases. If he carries on like this though til the end of the season, I think we all definitely want him for another year.

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