Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie isn't thinking about signing a new deal at the club, despite being out of contract at the end of the season.
The former Liverpool man has been on the peripheral or the Toon starting XI, mainly due to the form of midfield pair Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye.
Guthrie sat out most of last season through injury, and says he's happy to bide his time before penning a new deal at Newcastle.
"I've got six months left at Christmas, so we'll assess it in January. I'm not worried about deals or things like that - there's no rush," he said.
"I'm happy with how things are going, and I just want to get back in the team. It was frustrating last season because of all the injuries.
"It was an ankle injury, and I was out eight weeks or so. It was the same injury I had at the back end of last season. But hopefully, I've put them behind me.
I've got to wait for the opportunity to get in the team and stake my claim."
The 24-year-old played a pivotal part in Newcastle's promotion from the Npower Championship, but figured just 15 times last season.
Before joining Newcastle, Guthrie was a youth player at Manchester United before moving on to Liverpool.