Rae Rules Out Brannigan Talks

Last updated : 23 December 2010 By Queens MAD

Kenny Brannigan
Queens chairman rules out Brannigan contract talks

QUEENS chairman Davie Rae has ruled out any contract talks with Kenny Brannigan before next year.

His stand comes after the Queens manager stated last week he wouldn't be renewing his players' contracts until his own deal was discussed.

But Rae has told the Standard he won't be sitting around the table with Brannigan any time soon.

He said: "I've a lot more on my mind than Kenny Brannigan's contract.

"That doesn't run out until May 31, 2011 - that's five whole months away.

"I will not be doing anything about that until after Christmas and the new year."

Queens have almost every member of their first team squad nearing the end of their contract.

The lengthy list includes: Paul Burns, Bob Harris, Derek Holmes, David Hutton, Allan Johnston, David Lilley, Ryan McGuffie, Stephen McKenna, Willie McLaren, Colin McMenamin, Rocco Quinn, and David Weatherston.

Ryan Conroy and Lee Robinson are also nearing the end of their loan deals.

But instead of getting his players tied up in new deals before other clubs can plunder Queens' squad, Brannigan is waiting to hear his own future claiming "most players will sign for a manager rather than a club".

But Rae has rubbished Brannigan's comments.

He said: "That's nonsense.

"Take Paul Burns for example.

He's worked under five different managers during his time here. He has played during John Connelly, Ian Scott, Iain McCall, Gordon Chisholm and now Kenny Brannigan.

"So I don't agree with that one bit."

The Queens chairman also does not fear other clubs swooping in to nab his team's top players.

Rae said: "The way Scottish football is at the moment, I don't think there are many clubs who could come in and take our players.

"Okay, if an SPL side wants one of our players, then there's not a lot we can do about that.

"But I don't think we'll be seeing a lot of that.

"I actually think we will see more available footballers than ever before at the end of this season with the lack of money floating around.

"In football there is a fair bit of player movement from season to season, but it's not something I think we should be too worried about."