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24 May 2018 : Darren Way In Talks About Alcock Return
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is holding talks with former right-back Craig Alcock about a return to the club. The 30 year old Truro-born player has recently been released by Doncaster Rovers and so stands as a free agent this summer, having spent time on the books of Peterborough United and Sheffield United since leaving Huish Park in the summer of 2011 for an undisclosed fee.

Claims have been made in the Gloucestershire press that Cheltenham Town are after Alcock's services, with Gary Johnson having been the man that gave the former Under-18s player his first professional contract. But Way has told the club's website that he has been in talks with him, as well as stating that he tried to re-sign Ed Upson, who has this week decided to join Bristol Rovers:

"We've been talking to a number of household names who fit that bill, such as Ed Upson - who's now opted to stay in League One - and Craig Alcock who we're still talking to."

Rather unusually, if the club were to sign up Alcock it would help resolve a problem they are expected to have during the 2018-19 season. Changes are expected to go through as part of the 2018 Football League AGM that will require all clubs to name a homegrown developed player on their teamsheet, or be forced to restrict themselves to six substitutions. Aside from Yeovil Town's Academy players that are about to move into the Second Year of their Scholarship - and thus are around 17 years old - the club have no players on their books who would meet that definition. However, Alcock played for the club's Under-18s during the 2005-06 season, and so would almost certainly meet the EFL's forthcoming definition, even though he has not been on the club's books for seven years.

Way has also stated that the club have had some interest for defender Tom James towards the end of last season, but as yet no club has met their transfer valuation. James remains under contract until the end of the 2018-19 season. He has also stated that the club have had no fresh bids for Otis Khan over the past few months, going against claims made by TeamTalk earlier this week that four clubs were chasing him. Given that Khan is known to have a clause built into his contract stating the amount clubs would need to bid to allow him to talk to them, this will remain academic until someone meets that target.

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