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20 December 2018 : Way States Enquiries In 'One Or Two' Players Ahead Of January Window
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he has had 'one or two' enquiries for some of his players, that could affect proceedings, moving into the January transfer window. The Glovers boss has two players known to be out of contract in January, with winger Wes McDonald and winger/striker Yoann Arquin having only been given half-season deals at the club when they were signed last summer, but there may inevitably be others that clubs have their eyes on within the Glovers camp, despite poor recent form.

Way describes the interest in one of his players as 'obvious' although doesn't directly name those who he's had calls about. He only tells BBC Somerset that if the right offer came in for those players then the club wouldn't stand in the way of them:

"I expect one or two that have created a little bit of interest by other clubs. One is obvious, and there's one or two others that we've had enquiries for. The club are trying to do their best to protect our own assets, but over a number of years now this club has never ever got in the way of an individual progressing and developing. If the deal is right for the player and for the football club, then we wish these players well."

It seems likely that the 'obvious' player that Way is referring to is right-back Tom James, who came close to moving to West Bromwich Albion during the August transfer window, only for the deal to collapse, despite both clubs having agreed a 450,000 transfer fee. James is out of contract in June 2019, meaning that the club are now in a vulnerable position concerning the former Cardiff City player's future. Way hoped that James could concentrate on his matchday performances, rather than pay too much attention about what might or might not happen:

"I've never seen a player of his quality and his talent that hits free kicks and dead balls like that. I think that it's important that Tom concentrates on his performances, because I think it can be a distraction. But as I've said, we'll wait and see."

Way has also stated that although he has held talks with McDonald's and Arquin's agent over extending their futures at the club, no agreement had been reached at this stage, and he was waiting for a response from both parties. The Glovers boss has also revealed that he has changed the players' designated day off in the middle of the week for both this week and last week. Conventionally, the club have trained on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with the Wednesday day off scheduled to fit in with most scenarios where the Glovers have a midweek fixture on the Tuesday night. With there bein no midweek fixture in the last two weeks, Way has given the players the Thursday off. He explained his thinking:

"I just felt that last week, with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, we get three days of work, rather than it being disrupted. The weather plays a massive factor as well, because of the rain that we've had. But it worked well for us last week, and the players enjoyed it, so we'll make sure that we're refreshed and ready to go again for Saturday."

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