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Graham Alexander provides an update as we enter June

1 June 2017

Iron manager Graham Alexander sat down to give his thoughts on the close season so far, with United's campaign ending just over three weeks ago.

Since the 2016-17 campaign came to a close, he's reacted to a new contract for central midfielder Neal Bishop and the announcement of the club's pre-season schedule.

He, more recently, took time to address some other topics and looked at potential future incomings as we enter June.

ON BURDETT AND DYCHE SIGNING NEW DEALS...

GA: They're two young lads who have just completed their first seasons as professionals. They've been out on loan and have been around the first team towards the end of the season and we just felt that another year would give them the opportunity to really progress and try to push into the match day squad. That's the challenge for them now and it's a big year for them.

ON DAWSON AND DANIELS' DEPARTURE...

GA: Obviously the two senior players were free to talk to other clubs while we were in negotiations with them. They've both been offered great contracts for them personally at clubs that suit them, so we wish them all the best and thank them for what they've done for the club. They certainly played their part in what we did, but this is the nature of the game and it's about the club moving forward. We'll work hard to replace those lads.

ON THE CONTRACT OFFERS TO THE CURRENT SQUAD...

GA: It's with the players at the moment. We're in negotiations with the players that we'd like to stay with us, but the ball is in their court to decide if they see themselves as part of what we're doing and if they feel they can contribute positively and successfully. If they feel that they can, then they'll sign the contracts. It's in their hands at the moment, but we're hopeful they have positive outcomes.

ON POTENTIAL INCOMINGS...

GA: These things can drag out, especially at this stage of the summer. The type of players we are looking to bring in are obviously wanted by other clubs, so they will take their time deciding what their future will be. These talks are ongoing, but there are issues with players being on holiday, issues with players only just finishing their seasons, so we have to be patient to work towards getting the right players in. It's so easy to go out and sign ten players within a week, anybody can do that. It's about getting the right qualities and characters who will give us the ability to improve. Those players take longer to sign because they have other options. We have to make sure that we stay in contact with these players and put our best foot forward.


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