MARK Hughes has played down reports of imminent talks with striker Kenwyne Jones over a new contract.
But he certainly hasn't ruled out the possibility of a new deal in the near future to prevent the spectre of losing the big Trindadian for nothing when he becomes a free agent next summer.
"It's early days yet," said Hughes this afternoon, "but obviously I'm aware of his contract situation.
"It's important we just concentrate on winning football matches at this time.
"Contract talks will happen when they need to."
Hughes did acknowledge that Jones has found a second wind after a long spell out of favour before the Welshman's arrival as manager.
"Kenwyne is playing really well and giving me a good presence, he's just not scoring the goals at the moment.
"But I'm sure if we continue to create chances he will score.
"He's one of those who if he does score, he can then go on a bit of a run."
Hughes said he had just one slight injury doubt after an incident involving midfielder Charlie Adam this morning.
"Charlie Adam cut his leg today which needed stitches," he revealed, "but it was just a bang in training and I don't anticipate there will be an issue for him."