Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says he knows the players that he wants to keep for the 2011-12 season, no matter what happens in the final five matches of the current campaign. The Glovers boss says he has shared a list of players with Chief Executive Martyn Starnes and expects that list to now be shared with the club's Board of Directors.
The Glovers have adopted a policy in recent years of waiting until their League One status is confirmed each season before pushing out offers to players, even if it means key personnel running out of contract during that time. Given that much of the side has been made up of loan players and others on one year deals, the unconfirmed situation is that only captain Paul Huntington, winger/striker Andy Williams, utility player Luke Ayling, and midfielders Ed Upson and Paul Wotton have deals going beyond the end of the season.
Skiverton has not told BBC Somerset who is on his list, however the likes of striker Dean Bowditch, left-back Nathan Smith and left winger Andy Welsh would seem certain to be given offers. Skiverton told the BBC that the contracts though would only be issued once the situation was mathematically assured:
"I've got a list. I'm just waiting for it to be passed across to board level and they will be told as soon as possible. All it is now is first of all making sure that we are 100 percent (safe) in this division and as soon as that's mathematically safe, all of the contract offers will all be going out straight away."
Skiverton adds that he plans to adopt aggressive tactics in trying to get all the players to commit one way or another as quickly as possible. In the past, the club has had unresolved situations drifting out into the following pre-season, combined with offers being withdrawn belatedly or players finding other clubs, and the Glovers boss says that this summer he wants a speedy response to any deals, or those players risk losing the contracts on the table:
"I want to do it man-to-man, face-to-face. As soon as these contract offers go out, I want a straight-forward yes or a no. If they want to think about it, or go away, then I don't think the contract offers will be put on the table for too long."
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