Three more players have this week signed up to Accrington Stanley’s cause next season – and the Reds expect more in the next week.
Peter Murphy has put pen to paper on a two-year deal while Craig Lindfield and Ian Dunbavin have signed one-year contracts – with keeper Dunbavin’s deal also including a coaching role at the club.
Ian Craney has been released while it’s believed Kurtis Guthrie and Liam Willis have featured in their last game for the Reds.
The three who have signed join Luke Joyce and Dean Winnard for next season alongside Ryan Hopper, Marcus Carver and Adam Stockdale who have all signed professional contracts.
Kevin McIntyre, Bryan Hughes, Will Hatfield and Charlie Barnett are mulling over contract offers while Danny Coid and Sean Hessey – both still recovering from injury – have also been offered deals.
Versatile Murphy, who is a frontrunner for Player of the Season at the awards night after the final game of the season at home to promotion-chasing Crawley tomorrow, said: "I’m made up to be staying. The gaffer spoke to me quite early on and I was more than happy to sign up again.
"This has been my most successful season so far and I think I’ve done quite well.
"Getting a two-year deal is great and I like to think it’s because of the season I’ve had.
"I give everything in every game I play and I’d just like to thank the gaffer and Leam (Richardson) for rewarding me with this deal.
"Before this season I hadn’t really played a lot of the games or at least a lot in a row but I think I’ve played more or less 40 games this season which is a step in the right direction.
"This deal gives me a bit of security knowing that I can concentrate on my performances."
The 22-year-old is already relishing the prospect of hopefully turning the mid-table Reds – who this time last season were in the play-offs – back into promotion contenders.
Murphy said: "Hopefully there will still be some familiar faces around next season but there will obviously need to be some new players coming in too and that’s exciting.
"Hopefully new faces will help us move to the next level. I’m looking forward to next season already and this one hasn’t even finished.
"In the past we’ve waited until after the last game of the season to sort out contracts but it’ll be great to have a game left and then be able to enjoy the summer and look ahead to next season.
"It’d be nice to celebrate with a win tomorrow, particularly after last Saturday’s result (a 5-1 loss at Bristol Rovers).
"We all want to get another game in and put in a better performance and get a win for the fans from our last game."
Meanwhile striker-turned-right back Lindfield is also happy to stay at the Crown Ground.
"I didn’t play as much as I would’ve liked last year but if I start tomorrow that’ll be 30 starts this year which is a good amount.
"I think I’ve done pretty well overall and I’m happy with my progress – even the transition to right back!
"I wouldn’t say I had a point to prove this season but it has been all about getting minutes on the pitch after having struggled with a few injuries last season. I’ve been pretty much injury free this year.
" I think versatility in a player is a good thing but the manager has told me that he’d like me to start at right back next season and I’m going to give it a good go. I’m happy playing there.
"Obviously I still think that I can do a job up front and if the time comes next year when maybe it’s not working at right back then I’m confident enough to go back up there and maybe by doing that I can show how versatile I am.
"We would’ve liked to have done better as a team this season and been challenging for the play-offs again but that has to be a target for next year now."
Boss Paul Cook is hoping to sign off with what will be his fourth win in his 17 games in charge for the 13th placed Reds whose highest placed finish would be 12th if Stanley win and Bristol Rovers draw or lose.
Cook was furious after last Saturday’s 5-1 loss at Bristol and wants the Reds to turn on the style and dent third placed Crawley’s automatic promotion hopes.
A victory for the Red Devils would seal a second successive promotion – unless Torquay come up with a wonder score in their final game at Hereford.
The Bulls will be hoping to avoid joining Macclesfield in the Blue¿Square Bet Premier next season, while Crawley have hopes of grabbing third behind Swindon and Shrewsbury.
A bumper crowd is expected from Sussex but Cook says it’s the Stanley fans who deserve a top show from their side.
"We owe the fans a performance after last Saturday," said Cook.
"We are at home and we want to finish with a good performance. We can’t think we have done enough and the season hasn’t finished yet."