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20 May 2014

Iron boss Russ Wilcox has told fans to expect a quiet May as the players will be using this month to decide fully about their futures.

The United boss has offered 13 players deals for next season and youngster Curtis Bateson is the only one to have signed a deal for the 2014/15 campaign.

Wilcox is hopeful that he will be able to retain the main core of the group, however, he won't know anything for certain until the end of the month.

He told "I think May is a very quiet period now in terms of action from any football club.

"The offers have gone out to the lads which are the same at every other club so everybody is shopping around and that is the same case with the agents as they are looking to get the best deals for their clients.

"I understand that because that is the way the game works."

Wilcox added: "Now I am just playing the waiting game as I have to wait on the answers from the lads."

The United manager is hopeful for a second successful season and to do that he is hopeful the core of the group will remain together.

Sean McAllister, Deon Burton, Niall Canavan and David Mirfin are among those who have been offered new deals with the Iron and Wilcox is hoping all those will resign for at least another year.

Wilcox said: "I am hoping we are able to keep the core of the group.

"That is important.

"If we can keep the core of the group together I think we will definitely be able to be competitive in League One."

The United boss added: "Obviously we need to add a face or two which you always have to do - especially when you step up a level like we have. We will just have to see where things go from there."

While Wilcox is confident his side will be able to compete in Sky Bet League One next season, however, he is under no illusion that it will be tough as there a number of clubs who have much bigger budgets than the Iron.

"We understand that it is going to be a difficult league, there are some big clubs in there with big budgets," the Iron boss explained.

"There are also a lot of local derbies in there as well which is fantastic for the football club and supporters."

"We are all really looking forward to June the 18th when the fixtures come out," Wilcox continued.

"There are so many fixtures there that excite you. We have lost a lot of the long journeys - the only really long one that we have to contend with is Yeovil. It is an exciting time for the football club."

With the fixtures due out in less than just a month, the United boss says the fixture he'll be looking for will be the local derby against Doncaster Rovers.

The Iron will face one of Wilcox's former club's in League One just two seasons after the sides last met.

"I think the first fixture that I'll be looking for when they come out will be the Doncaster game," he stated.

"That'll be a special fixture for me because I live in the town, I have a lot of connections to the club and having previously played for Doncaster," Wilcox continued.

"Shortly behind those games there will be the other local matches against Sheffield United, Chesterfield and Rotherham if they don't go up.

"So there are a lot of exciting derby games to look forward to. It is great to be sat here now talking about League One and taking about playing these ex-Premier League sides like Bradford, Sheffield United, Coventry."

He added: "To bounce back at the first attempt is great and we are just looking forward to starting back off in League One again now."

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