CONTRACT talks are not the main focus for Swindon Town defender Raphael Branco as he concentrates on securing the club’s League One status.
The Brazilian is one of 13 players out of contract at the club come June 1, with Bradley Barry and Ellis Iandolo having options for a further year as part of their deals.
However, despite his own future being far from certain at the club, he is not looking for personal gains at this stage and doesn’t want any distractions from getting the maximum number of points from Town’s remaining four games, starting against AFC Wimbledon at the County Ground on Friday.
“To be honest, what is going on in my mind is just staying up,” said Branco, who admits there is no deal from the club, or any other club, on the table at present.
“Just leave the club where it was when I came, which was in League One, if I don’t stay here or if I stay.
“I am not thinking of anything else, about contracts, about anything for next season.
“I am really focussed on the next four games, especially when we are in this situation. We can’t really think about anything else.
“We can’t really talk about (contracts). We’re focussed on one thing and if the contract comes over that, it’s going to distract you.
“We’re going to wait until we’re safe and then we’re going to start talking about that. I am just focussed on the next four games and then after that I will be free to negotiate with whoever wants to.”
Branco is enjoying arguably his best season in a Town shirt and having aided the side to two shutouts in their last three games, is keen to see that form continue into the remainder of the campaign.
“I think so,” he said after being asked if this season was his best in his four-year stint at the club.
“The last three games, we have kept two clean sheets and Dion has been great with me as well, working together with Loz (Lawrence Vigouroux), with the full-backs.
“All the team, the way we are playing, the way the strikers have been scoring, everything has changed and it is good to be part of that.”