Scunthorpe United Chairman Steve Wharton Warns Star Striker Paul Hayes

Leigh CopsonContributor IApril 23, 2010

SCUNTHORPE, NORTH LINCS - JANUARY 24:  Paul Hayes of Scunthorpe United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON Fourth round match between Scunthorpe United and Manchester City at Glanford Park on January 24, 2010 in Scunthorpe, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Scunthorpe United chairman Steve Wharton has told star striker Paul Hayes that "no-one is irreplaceable."

Hayes, a key member of the side that has defied the critics by avoiding relegation from the Championship, is one of several Iron players whose contracts expire this summer.

And the 12-goal striker, who has been linked with a return to former clubs Barnsley and Norwich, this week hit out at the club for leaving it late to re-sign them.

But Glanford Park supremo Wharton told the Scunthorpe Telegraph : "The last conversation I had with him was a few weeks ago. He said he was going to talk to his wife and get back to me about it and he hasn't.

"I've got a good relationship with Paul and I'm very disappointed. I've always had a lot of time for him. I really do want to try to go as far as I can to try to get him to sign.

"I expected better of Paul, but it's some of the things that go on in football.

"I've met his agent and had a conversation with him. I can't think for the life of me why he would stoop to saying some of those things."