Nicky Maynard breaks silence on Bristol City deal talks

Nicky Maynard
Maynard has scored 38 goals during his three years at Bristol City

Nicky Maynard says he will still give his all next season despite doubts about his future at Bristol City.

The striker has a year left to run on his current contract and City turned down a bid from Leicester for the for the 24-year-old in the summer.

"I'm still in negotiations but I've always reiterated that I'm happy here," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Whether a contract has been signed or not, I'm not going to let that affect me - I'm still going to give 110 %."

He continued: "It's nice to be wanted. The gaffer wants me, everyone at Bristol wants me.

"It's just one of those things - once everything is sorted we will crack on."

Maynard, who joined the club from Crewe in 2008, is now looking to recapture his form after an injury-hit season last year.

He netted 11 goals in his debut season but came into his own the following year, scoring 21 times in 45 games.

Last term he was restricted to just 13 appearances, although he still found the net six times.

"My aim is to be the top scorer in the league and get Bristol City into the Premier League," added Maynard.

"My target is 20 plus goals. I've proved I can do it the season before my injury so there's no reason why I can't do it. I'm going to be fit for selection come the 6 August so that's me ready for the 46 games.

"I believe in my own ability and I've proved I can score goals in the Championship. I'm not being big headed but I do put myself in the category of one of the league's best scorers."