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Heys: Plans are in place for new campaign

Chief executive Rob Heys says it’s all go for next season as Paul Cook begins to puts his plans in place.

HOPING FOR NEW DEAL: Stanley defender Kevin McIntyre wants to stay at the Crown Ground

Chief executive Rob Heys says it’s all go for next season as Paul Cook begins to puts his plans in place.

Loan winger Bobby Grant has returned to Scunthorpe after three goals in his month’s spell while Cook looks at the players currently at the Crown Ground to assess his squad.

The Reds are currently 12th in the league table – 11 points off the play-offs – with little to play for in their final three games but they can still affect what happens elsewhere with play-off chasing Shrewsbury visiting tomorrow and Crawley on the final day of the season.

"We have the basis of a good squad and some players will leave, while some players will be offered deals and others need to prove their fitness in pre-season," said Heys.

"We brought Bobby to the club in March because we still had a chance of the play-offs and we hadn’t given up on that.

"But now it’s mathematically impossible there is no point keeping Bobby here and we can save some of the money we would have paid on his wages for next season.

"That’s not to say we do not want to finish as high up the table as possible but it just makes sense."

Grant is waiting to see what will happen with the Iron in the summer as they can take an option out of another year on the 21-year-old although Rochdale and Accrington are believed to be keen on securing his services for next season.

It’s believed some Accrington players may have their contracts paid up early as they will not be used in the final three games as Cook assesses his squad.

Meanwhile Heys says the Reds boss will have again one of the smallest budgets in the Football League to contend with – believed to be around £10,000 a week – but the new boss is confident he can work with that.

The chief executive said: "Paul knows the situation, he has worked on a tight budget before and he understands what this club is about.

"I think most managers now edge towards performance-based packages so, if you are playing and scoring you can make up your wage and, if the players are not in the team, they are not costing the club a lot of money.

"It will all be about quality rather than quantity.

"Paul is also aware that the funds can be diverted elsewhere and we are currently in the process of adding a physio room, something Paul is keen on."

The club are expecting to be invaded by the second-placed Shrews’ fans tomorrow as Stanley have given the automatic promotion chasers 2,000 tickets for the game.

"They have sold around 1,200 and it’s thought it might be around 1,800 by tomorrow," Heys said.

"It should make for a really good atmosphere and we are hoping more Accrington fans will turn up to even it up a bit."

The players are now playing for contracts with Kevin McIntyre, who ended a run of 42 consecutive starts when he was sub in the 4-1 defeat at Cheltenham last Saturday, hoping to win a new deal with only Luke Joyce and Dean Winnard under contract.

"There are a lot of decisions for the management to make and I’d be a liar if a told you anything other than I want to stay," said the 34-year-old.

"It’s down to the management team to sit down and decide though and it’s the same for all of us. I’d be delighted to be offered a new contract.

"I’ve always said that my aim is to try my best and, when the end of the season comes, I know there’s nothing more I could have done. If the manager wants me to stay that’s brilliant and if not I’ve done my best and there’s no hard feelings.

"I was disappointed at missing out at Cheltenham but the gaffer told me that he needed to see some players in a first-team game and I understood that.

"At the end of the day it’s the manager’s decision but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. I do just want to play all the time."

Hull loan winger Jamie Devitt is expected to recover from a bout of sickness which kept him out of the Cheltenham loss.

 
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