Jess offered improved contractAdam Bell Wednesday, June 13, 2001 08:00 GMT
City have offered Eoin Jess a new improved three-year contract as Jim Jefferies bids to secure the future of one of last season's star men.
Jess, 30, initially arrived at Valley Parade on a three-month loan but his performances persuaded Jefferies to sign him until the end of the season and now the boss is keen to have Jess in his squad for the next campaign.
The Scottish midfielder was offered terms at the end of the season but those were rejected, but in the light of the new £7.5million wage budget it is thought that the new offer is more a lucrative package.
Jess was also worried about the potential cut-backs at Valley Parade but he is now hopeful that a deal can be resolved after City's offer was faxed to his agent.
"Having to lose more players was a big worry for everyone, especially for me before I committed myself.
"I enjoyed the last couple of months of the season. We've been playing good attacking football and even though some of the results still went against us, there are good signs there.
"And now the manager has told me we don't need to lose any more players, I'm more hopeful that something will be done," Jess told the Telegraph & Argus.
Picture: Jess hopeful of signing new City deal