Danny Cowley has been speaking to press ahead of the Crawley fixture this weekend, revealing the latest on the out of contract players.
Josh Vickers, Matt Rhead Matt Gilks, Sam Habergham, Jason Shackell, and Michael O’Connor are all out of contract in the summer, with O’Connor having an option of a second year built it to his original deal.
Supporters will certainly be keen to see the outcome for the two keepers, as well as hearing about the future of Matt Rhead after his recent appearances in the first team. O’Connor has been one of the key players this season, as has Jason Shackell.
Danny revealed that talks have taken place, but he’s keen to ensure any news comes out in one go, rather than it appearing certain players have been prioritised.
“We’re in talks with a number of players who are out of contract. I don’t like to do one at a time because they’re all as important as each other. I don’t want someone to think that someone else is more important than them. Once we’ve got them all in place we’ll then announce it.
He was also quizzed on the future of Mark O’Hara, the on loan Peterborough midfielder whom it was revealed we have an option to buy on. In a typically coy manner, he refused to be drawn on the 23-year-old’s future, merely choosing to expel his virtues.
“I’ve been really impressed with his attitude and work ethic which are both A-star. He’s brought us energy and athleticism. He certainly drives the standards in those areas. He’s a forward-thinking, forward-passing midfielder who offers a goal threat.”
O’Hara has started six matches for the Imps, bagging the winning goal recently against Yeovil. He would seem to be a popular loan player and one of two that we’d certainly like to see stay at the Bank next season.
In terms of the out of contract players, the only one we feel might not be at the Bank next time out is Jason Shackell. The 35-year-old has been excellent this season, but it’s been rumoured he may be looking to move into coaching or management and has been on a mission to learn from Danny and Nicky, as well as aid our promotion push.
Certainly Josh Vickers and Matt Gilks make a good pair of keepers and if possible, would be welcome next season. Michael O’Connor has been excellent too and Matt Rhead is just Matt Rhead. Whether you’re League Two, League One or Champions League, there’s nobody quite like him.
That just leaves the future of Sam Habergham, a player without an appearance this season. Much will depend on his fitness and whether Danny bucks the trend of having just three full backs in 2019/20/.