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Waiting game for Latics players

Date published: 11 April 2011

DECISIONS over which players will be offered deals for next season won’t be rubber-stamped until after the Athletic board convenes next week.

At present, only seven professionals — Djeny Bembo-Leta, Warren Feeney, Dean Furman, Kieran Lee, Kirk Millar, Dale Stephens and Chris Taylor — are contracted to the club for the 2011-12 campaign.

There is also an option to keep striker Reuben Reid at Boundary Park beyond the expiration of his deal at the end of this season.

Managerial duo Paul Dickov and Gerry Taggart, who are in the process of deciding who they want to offer contracts to, remain with Athletic on 12-month rolling contracts.

Meanwhile, Jason Lowe and Filipe Morais could be back in Athletic’s squad to travel to Yeovil.

Lowe missed out on selection against Charlton as a result of an ankle problem he picked up during the 2-0 win at Notts County seven days earlier — a game in which he converted a late penalty — while Morais took a painful knock to the hip in the same game and is also plotting a return at Huish Park this Saturday.

“Jason did it in the first half at Notts County and did well to finish the game,” said Dickov.

“He struggled but we are hopeful he will be okay for Yeovil.

“Felipe is struggling too, but we hope to have them both and they are both big players for us.”

Yeovil lost 3-1 at Hartlepool on Saturday, despite taking the lead at Victoria Park.

The Glovers are 17th in npower League One and have so-far accumulated 47 points this season.

Comments

Feeney has another season of playing for N.Ireland while being paid by Latics. Another very poor decision to give him a 2 year deal.
Dale Stephens will be going to Southampton unless they suss him out - looks good but lacks strenght and fight.

I might dust of my boots for next season :o). Seriously these are desparate times and I fear for the club next season on and off the pitch.

Poor decision to keep Feeney -a liability. One can gloss over the cracks within the squad but even those being retained are not capable of allowing Latics to move onwards and upwards.

If money is made available (a big IF I agree) then a clear-out is required but who will want most of the players that would be made available? Next season must be better but, the question is, will it be?

Deanmo....doesn't matter who or who wouldn't want them. At the end of June, a significant number are out of contract and will be told to clear out their locker. The players and their agents will know during the next few weeks what their future will be regarding Latics.

 

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