Tottenham Hotspur striker Jonathan Obika has signed a contract extension today. The 20 year old, who has had three loan spells at Huish Park, had a contract at White Hart Lane until the summer of 2012, giving him just 12 months left on his current deal.
The Spurs official site doesn't make clear what sort of a deal he has got, merely opting to state that he has 'signed a contract extension' with the club. However, the general policy of the Premier League club has been to roll forward deals by 12 months for players around that status - it can probably assume his deal runs until the summer of 2013 now.
The main question will be what plans Spurs have for Obika for the coming season. The contract extension implies they have no immediate plans to sell him - however, Premier League clubs are limited to a squad of 25 players per half-season, and he may not squeeze into those numbers.
The same of course applies to the Premier League bound trio of Queens Park Rangers defender/midfielder Max Ehmer, Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald and Norwich City striker Oli Johnson. Ehmer is another one who has signed a new deal and he returned to pre-season training on Thursday, and there's been few noises coming from Loftus Road as to where they see his 2011-12 season panning out. Swansea have also been quiet about MacDonald.
The only player mentioned within the press, in terms of the players that finished the 2010-11 season on loan at Huish Park, is Oli Johnson. There we've seen a few papers suggest that Peterborough United have an interest in him, although nothing that goes as far as giving quotes.
It's likely that their parent clubs will begin to make decisions on whether those players fit into their squad of 25 players around the start of August, with the final list needing to be supplied to the Premier League on August 31st. It would be a surprise if Glovers manager Terry Skiverton wasn't keeping an eye on at least some of these four players to see what transpires.
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