Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed that talks with out of contract striker Marcus Stewart are still continuing, despite the player having not joined the squad for pre-season training.
The club are trying to negotiate a player-coach role for the Bristolian, but Slade has admitted to BBC Somerset that increased constraints on his playing budget have slowed down the progress on that and other deals:
"Marcus Stewart at this moment in time is in dialogue with the football club but as yet nothing has materialised. As you know, the football club have readjusted the budgets, so that changes things to a certain extent. I'm looking at things and obviously I am having to prioritise things at this moment in time in terms of players that can come in. Things are very tight, but we run a tight ship here. We don't want to get into difficulties off the field. That is the situation that we are in, and that is why things have been slow. But I think that it has been slow at most football clubs, if I'm honest."
Russell added that so far, including Stewart, that the club had lost 13 players from last season, gaining just three incoming signings. To quantify Russell's list, particularly for anyone who has been on their summer holidays, the full summer outgoings and incomings, not including last year's loan players, is as follows:
Outgoing: Darren Behcet, Stephen Maher, Mark Lynch, Jerahl Hughes, Anthony Barry, Ishmael Welsh, Wilfried Domoraud, Darryl Knights, James Brown (all released by the club), Marvin Williams (sold), Steve Mildenhall, Matthew Rose (rejected contract offers), Marcus Stewart (out of contract and not training with the club at present).
Incoming: Danny Schofield (free transfer, Huddersfield), Keiran Murtagh (undisclosed fee, Fisher Athletic), Aidan Downes (free transfer, Everton).
On a minor note, right-back Craig Alcock has yet to sign his one year contract, although Russell does not consider this to be an immediate problem.
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