Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is still waiting for a firm response on the future of defender Omar Sowunmi. The former Ipswich Town academy player is out of contract at Huish Park, and is therefore able to move to another club without the explicit consent of the Glovers. However, as an Under-24 year old, any interested club would need to pay a training and development compensation fee, to recognise his progress as a player during the three years that he has been on Yeovil Town's books.
That situation means that the club need to keep a contract offer open to him, but currently cannot firmly count on his services for the 2018-19 season, whilst his new contract remains unsigned. Way has told BBC Somerset today that he still sees that as a 'very positive' situation because he has not had any firm 'no' from the centre-back at this stage, suggesting that his agent is advising him to wait until the last minute for any clubs that may hold an interest in him:
"All I can say is that we've offered him a fantastic contract. Just as I explained before, players and agents are almost waiting until the last minute, which you can understand as they want the best deal for the player. But I think for Omar's sake it's probably best that he stays at Yeovil Town, because I think he's probably a season away from a very very good move. At the moment it looks very positive, because I've not had a no from Omar. If the player wants to be at the football club, then that's very important. I understand why the agent and the player will not make a commitment right now, but I've not had a no from Omar. The moment I have a no from Omar, no matter what money you offer him, there's no point in him being at the club."
Yeovil Town have made one permanent signing this summer, drafting in left-sided defender Carl Dickinson after his release from Notts County at the end of last season. The 31 year old is expected to mainly fill the shoes of outgoing left-back Ryan Dickson, but can also play as a centre-back if called upon. Way expects Tom James to mainly compete on the opposite flank, and believes the addition of a player like Dickinson will help his side push for the top half of the table, with a top seven position his previously stated target. He says that there will be a second 'experienced' player arriving at the club soon:
"I said that I was going to replace experience with experience. I'm waiting to announce another experienced player, that will be signing soon. So if you've got Carl Dickinson, and we have Stuart Nelson, I don't think I lost a game with Nelson in goal. It just shows that when you've got that experience, a player that has got knowledge and a player that has got leadership skills, it carries the squad very far. With some of the young talent that we've got in our team, I genuinely feel that we should be able to push next season."
Darren Way implies there have been some verbal discussions with other managers concerning the availability of Tom James, and winger Otis Khan, but that neither of them have reached the stage where offers have been put in writing.
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