Date: 15th June 2007 at 8:38pm
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Speculation around the future of Forest Green Rovers left-back Kevin Nicholson, who could be discussing terms with Barnet shortly.

The Rovers’ highly-rated full-back who is an experienced 26 year old defender has caught the attention of Paul Fairclough enough to gain him a place in the England National Game XI. Nicholson started for England in all three games in the Four Nations Tournament and helped the team in setting three clean sheets.

Players who are out of contract at the end of this season (30th June) have, apparently, until 26th of the month to agree contract extensions or new deals with their current clubs. After this date, if terms have not been agreed, they are free to speak to other clubs. Nicholson’s contract expires this summer which leaves him available to move on a free transfer if he fails to agree to a new contract with Rovers soon. But reports say he has been talking to the Conference board about agreeing a new contract with the club, which could hinder Fairclough’s interest in him.

Nicholson was one of the players of the season at the Forest Green New Stadium, linking well down the left with ex-Bee Simon Clist, who has been converted to left-midfielder by manager Jim Harvey.

Rovers fans are convinced the loss of Nicholson would be a major blow to the ambitions of the club, but are still hopeful a new deal can be sorted.

The signing of Nicholson would be a super signing by Fairclough, who is under pressure to add to a depleeted squad. He has already made five signings in the build up to the new campaign, but all have come from lower leagues. Fans are hopeful that Fairclough will get a few experienced heads in, like Nicholson, to add some stability to the squad.

But Fairclough refused to comment on the speculation, though didn’t deny he was looking to add Nicholson to the Barnet squad.

He said: “I’ve got no comment to make on Kevin, other than he was fantastic for England in the Four Nations.

“I’m always interested in good players in all positions, but now is not an opportune time to talk about anyone.”

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