Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that there will be no contract talks at Huish Park until the Glovers have their League One position guaranteed. This is nothing new; it appears to have been a fixed policy maintained by the club since the departure of Gary Johnson as manager, and the club's rise into League One during the 2005-06 season.
The club's policy has been to only hold talks once the first team are mathematically safe from relegation, which in practice means that such matters drift into the close season, and often as far as the following pre-season. Skiverton has said that policy will not be changing this summer:
"I'm not going to be talking about contracts now. We've got to be safe before I start talking about that. There's quite a few managers out there who are not talking about contracts, until first of all the club is 100 percent sure that we are in this division. It also gives players an opportunity from now until the end of the season to say that they're worthy of a contract."
With the Glovers first team squad so top-heavy with loan players, obviously seven in the team will automatically return to their parent clubs during May. That will mean the following players will cease to be Yeovil Town players on or before the end of the season:
Steven Caulker, Shaun MacDonald, Arron Davies, Scott Davies, Gavin Williams, Alex McCarthy, Luke Ayling.
With the majority of other players on one year deals, that leaves only a handful of players with contracts going beyond this summer. These are as follows (click on the links for the relevant news item written at the time of their last contract talks):
Andy Welsh, Danny Hutchins, Sam Williams, Craig Alcock, Stefan Stam.
The players who will require decisions to be made on their futures include:
Dean Bowditch, Richard Martin (length not explicit), Terrell Forbes, Jean-Paul Kalala, Gavin Tomlin, Keiran Murtagh, Scott Murray, Aidan Downes, Nathan Smith, Andre McCollin.
The club will also need to resolve the contract situation concerning Terry Skiverton and his assistant Nathan Jones, who have both tended to take a step back from their playing duties, and probably will only be considered as management next season, rather than player-management.
Skiverton had planned to look at some of his fringe players in tonight's County Cup game against Bishop Sutton before it got called off. Whilst he said that was in mind for a weekend place in the squads for the two Easter games, there was inevitably the presumption that it would be to try and win a new contract deal as well:
"People will be playing for maybe a couple of places that will be open for a starting place. For me it is going to be very important to look and see how people show up in tonight's game."
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