Clarke Carlisle won't be last Burnley FC player to sign new contract

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CLARKE Carlisle has confirmed he has penned a new two-year deal to stay at Turf Moor.

And Brian Laws hopes he isn't the last to commit his future to the club.

Robbie Blake and skipper Steven Caldwell have both revealed they could move on to pastures new at the end of their contracts in the summer, and the club will also have to decide on offers for Brian Jensen, Stephen Jordan, Michael Duff, Steven Thompson and Nicky Weaver.

Laws is hoping to sit down with everyone after the final game of the season at home to Spurs on Sunday: "We're starting to rebuild for next summer and players will be starting to be pulled in to talk about new contracts.

"That's what we're doing and you start to plan that as quickly as you possibly can.

"Hopefully Clarke won't be the last. It's important we do our dealings as quickly as we can then we can get our recruitment going and bring in some fresh players."

Thompson now has three goals in his last five appearances, following his strike in the 2-1 defeat at Birmingham on Saturday, and Laws admits he is making a case for a new contract: "Thommo's gone on and got another goal for himself.

"He's done well when he's come on for the team, he's a targetman and you know what you're going to get from him.

"He's certainly given us food for thought about whether he stays here for next season.

"But we've got another game to get out of the way and then we'll sit the players down individually and talk about their futures."

One man who is still under contract, for another year, is Chris McCann, and he is in line for his first appearance since January against Spurs after playing just over a half in the reserves' 1-0 defeat against Manchester United on Thursday night, after recovering from knee surgery.

McCann has played only 10 minutes in the league since September, and Laws said: "We've missed Chris McCann without doubt. He's a top quality player and to have him back in and around the fold is fantastic.

"You just never know if we can get him on the bench or take some part in the last game of the season, that would be fantastic for him and for everybody else.

"He can go away in the summer knowing that he's ready."