Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says he expects to make decision over the futures of some of his out of contract and in-demand players over the next week, as the club prepare to close down their 2017-18 season at Lincoln City on Saturday. With six players out of contract in June, the club will need to either issue offers or explicitly release players within 14 days of the season ending, with a large amount of experienced players on that list.
Way also acknowledges that there has been January interest in Otis Khan and Omar Sowunmi as well as more recent newspaper speculation in Tom James and Shaun Donnellan. He doesn't reveal if any of those have concrete foundations under them, but overall he told BBC Somerset that he is expecting a lighter workload this summer:
"That's probably the first time as a manager, that I won't get a turnover of 23 players, which is good. The players know the foundations of what the club's principles are, which can take one or two seasons. We've seen the interest that we've had with two or three of our players. So we'll be very very busy in the Boardroom, as to who we decide to let go over the next week or so, and who we decide to sign. The promising thing is that from a financial point of view, the club is in a fantastic position. I've always said that if I had to walk out on the club tomorrow, have I left it in a better place from when I took over and I feel I've done that."
From the club's point of view, tomorrow's trip to Sincil Bank is a dead rubber, with the club currently occupying an unspectacular, but safe 20th position in the League Two table. Over the years, the club's record on the final day of the season proper is not a great one, having lost every match since their May 2011 away win against Carlisle United. Way acknowledges that some of the results that have transpired have been poor ones, with a 2013-14 season 1-4 home defeat against Middlesbrough, a 5-1 away defeat at Milton Keynes Dons in 2014-15, and even a May 2015 defeat in the County Cup Final against Taunton Town despite putting eleven first-teamers out that day, putting a downer on the end of the season. Way says he doesn't want that run to continue:
"Supporters remember that last game, and I've been involved over a number of years at Yeovil where it's been some of the worst games, because ultimately players shut down. I'll never forget the game at Taunton (in 2015 in the County Cup Final). It was probably my lowest point, as someone that loves the football club, to see what I'd seen that day, and witness what I'd seen. Then you had the situation at MK Dons (in 2014-15), you had the situation at Middlesbrough (in 2013-14), because there were so many players that were under contract that were leaving. I don't want that to be the case this year."
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