Steve Bruce still mulling over Aston Villa contract for free agent

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has told reporters that he is still yet to make a decision about whether or not to offer free agent Chris Samba a contract.

What’s the latest?

Samba has been training with the Championship club for some time after leaving Panathinaikos in January following a short five-month spell at the Greek outfit.

The 32-year-old last played in England four years ago when he returned to Queens Park Rangers for a stint.

After leaving Loftus Road in 2013, Samba has played for Anzhi Makhachkala, Dynamo Moscow and Panathinaikos, but has not spent more than a year in one place.

When asked about a potential contract offer for Samba, Bruce told reporters:

“There’s this notion that he’s on trial. It’s not really a trial as such.He wants to earn a contract and we’ve given him the platform to keep fit. We’ll see what happens over the next two weeks or so.”

What is Bruce waiting for?

Samba did not transform into the Premier League giant people predicted that he would become when he caught the eye at Blackburn Rovers.

However, he has plenty of experience and strength that could help Villa secure a top-half finish in the Championship this season.

Not only that, the Midlands outfit have injury problems, the latest of which has affected the defence, with Alan Hutton set for a spell on the sidelines.

The delay in securing Samba could be down to fitness concerns or details of a potential contract.

Villa will not want to pay out too much in wages, but a short-term deal until the end of the season could be worth it if it helps them shore up at the back.