Bristol City keen to keep striker Nicky Maynard

Nicky Maynard
Maynard has scored 38 goals for Bristol City

Bristol City boss Keith Millen says he is under no pressure to sell Nicky Maynard, even though the striker only has a year left on his contract.

The Robins paid Crewe Alexandra £2.25m for the 24-year-old in July 2008, but Millen insists he has no intention of putting him on the transfer list.

"I don't want to go down that route. The club doesn't and I'm sure Nicky doesn't," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"He's happy here, he wants to come back and have a good start."

Maynard was the Championship's joint top scorer in the 2009/10 season, netting 21 goals in 45 appearances.

He was forced to miss the first half of this season's campaign after undergoing knee surgery, but returned in February and scored six times in 13 games.

Millen added: "Hopefully he'll be back for pre-season and get himself fit and flying and if he can sign this new deal we can all settle down.

"If he doesn't then that's something the board will have to look at and it will be a club decision."

Meanwhile, Millen has revealed that he was close to signing defender Billy Jones, who joined West Brom from Preston earlier this month.

"We've missed out on Billy Jones. It shows you the type of calibre we are trying to get," he said.

"We tried to get him in January and Preston wanted to keep him so I knew once he became a free agent there would be a lot of interest.

"To lose him to a Premier League club, we don't feel quite as bad."

He added: "He's one of three we've tried to sign recently who have gone to the Premier League so there's a lot of good players out there who are out of contract.

"We'll continue looking and if it means we have to pay a fee, I'll go to the chairman and discuss that."

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