ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman is in talks with a striker, midfielder and defender - and hopes they will all sign up for next season's Conference title charge.
The manager is keeping his cards close to his chest before the deals are done but he has confirmed he has ear-marked three players and hopes he can get them soon.
"There is a mixture of league and, more importantly, Conference experience in there," said the Reds chief. "I have spoke to them, there is nothing concrete yet but, if I think they are the right ones, then hopefully they will sign."
He was hoping to know more over the next week and he is also confident Chris Butler, Gary Roberts and David Brown will be playing in the Reds colours come August as they have been offered deals. "I expect them all to be here next season," he said.
Meanwhile, winger Rory Prendergast's future has been up in the air with links to League and fellow Conference clubs following the Yorkshireman around all season. Boss Coleman admitted: "We will have to see what happens. It is not definite whether he will stay or go yet and he still has a year left on his contract."
Prendergast admitted that last season was a frustrating one for him.
"It was hard having to have the hernia operation," said the winger who was out for three months from October to December. "But these things happen in football and you have got to get on with it. It meant I missed a large chunk of the season but felt I came back and did okay.
"I think my best goal of the season was the one against Carlisle at home in December as it was my first home game back from injury and it was like a blessing. I just bent that in.
"But then I was in and out of the team but, saying that, last season I remember the statistics said I had made 180-odd crosses, around 10 assists and had seven goals. This season I made 112 crosses, got 10 assists and seven goals again so, even though I have played fewer games, I can't complain with what I have done. But we as a team didn't really do ourselves justice in the final push."
Prendergast has been busy, having just completed his UEFA B coaching badge at Lilleshall although he won't know if he has passed until next week.
Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Stanley midfielders Ian Craney and Andy Procter who have missed out in the England National XI squad to play in the Four Nations in Ireland at the end of this month.
Elsewhere, Conference North side Droylsden are thought to be interested in former Stanley striker Lutel James who was on loan with the Bloods last season while Leigh RMI are believed to be chasing former Reds right back Paul Haworth. And former Stanley loanee Matt O'Neill was released from Burnley this week.
- STANLEY will be hoping for their usual bumper crowd when Coca Cola Championship side Burnley make their annual trip to the Interlink in a pre-season friendly on Wednesday July 20.
- CHESTER captain Paul Carden has been released from the Deva Stadium and the 26-year-old is believed to be a player Coleman had expressed an interest in. Carden was in his second spell at Chester and helped them win promotion from the Conference.
- THE make-up of next season's Nationwide Conference should be known after this weekend. Grays Athletic and Jamie Speare's Southport will be new names in the hat when the fixtures come out on June 23. But Altrincham and Eastbourne will battle it out for the final promotion place on Sunday. Kidderminster and Cambridge have been relegated from the Football League while either Stevenage or Carlisle will join Barnet in the Coca Cola Championship after tomorrow night's Play-Off Final at Stoke City.
- STANLEY'S Ultras fans team lifted the Northern Premier Supporters League Cup with a 3-0 win over Barrow.