| 7.2°C Belfast

Dickson in Crusaders contract limbo over knee injury

Mark Dickson says he’s in the dark regarding his future at Crusaders while he awaits a knee operation.

Last season’s Irish Cup final hero says he hasn’t been offered a new contract by the Crues, and he took another swipe at the 4G playing surface.

“My team-mates — everybody who knows me — are aware I don’t like it at all because I’m in pain playing on it after training and after matches,” he said.

“I would be reluctant to leave Seaview because I get on well with the players, and as you see, I show up for every match.

“It’s been good watching them — they’ve done well this season and won a trophy, but as to what will happen in my own situation, I don’t know.

“I’m out of contract and at present. Nobody has given me a hint about whether they’ll be offering me another one.”

Crusaders are unlikely to offer Dickson (pictured) a new deal unless the striker can return in pre-season and prove his fitness to manager Stephen Baxter. But the former Linfield player’s recovery has been hampered by an extended wait for an operation.

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

“At this moment in time I haven’t been offered a contract. I am waiting for an operation on a long-term knee injury,” he added.

“The waiting list was originally to be 12 weeks — now that’s been extended to 26 weeks — but unfortunately during that 26 weeks I’m on holiday so at the moment the operation won’t be done before June 21. I couldn’t play at the moment.”

Top Videos