Albion have barred new contract talks as they bid for promotion from the Championship.

Thirteen players, including first team regulars like captain Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd and Ashley Barnes, are out-of-contract next summer. They are effectively playing for their futures, with half of the season left and the Seagulls just outside the play-offs.

Boss Gus Poyet revealed to The Argus: “There are no contract talks. Everything has got a time and there are moments during the season when, for what ever reason, the clubs needs to move or sometimes the player or the agent tries to move and then we’ll see but right now no, no talks.

“We have got plenty of time. It will depend on many things. I don’t want this to sound like they are playing for their contracts in a bad way but it’s the truth.

“Depending on how you do and where we finish you will have a better chance to get a new contract. My thinking always when I was a player was ‘make sure you perform’.

“If you perform you will get a contract where you are playing or somewhere else for sure, if you don’t and if you start being too worried about the contract situation then it’s going to be more difficult.”

Will Hoskins, Lewis Dunk, David, Gary Dicker and second choice goalkeeper Peter Brezovan are others looking for contracts.

The list also includes injured duo Vicente and Marcos Painter, on-loan Romain Vincelot and Roland Bergkamp and the out-of-favour Matt Sparrow.

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