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Torquay United manager in no rush to offer new deals

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

By David Thomas


Torquay United manager Martin Ling. Picture by Torbay News Agency

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MANAGER Martin Ling has ruled out wholesale mid-season contract negotiations with his Torquay United squad, even though most of his players' deals expire next summer.

The Gulls' boss has declined to be drawn on speculation that United might seek to offer improved contracts to some of their leading players ahead of the January transfer window.

"There's a big set of players, 16 in all I think, out of contract at the end of the season," said Ling, who takes United to Bradford City on Saturday in eighth place in League Two.

"But we are happy how things are going, and I see most of the decisions being made in the summer.

"I don't think it hurts to keep people on their toes – I really don't.

"But, apart from anything else, we don't yet know what the 2013-2014 budget is going to be.

"It's no good offering players big improvements which don't fit into that budget."

Last January United were tempted to sell centre-back Chris Robertson to League One Preston North End for £60,000.

Eleven months on some Gulls fans have been worried about New Year approaches for players like leading scorer Rene Howe.

But even with the contract situations as they are, a buying club would have to offer big money to prise any player, especially Howe, out of Plainmoor next month.

Nearly every senior United player is out of contract at the end of the season.

Three that aren't are goalkeeper Michael Poke, midfielder Nathan Craig and forward Billy Bodin – their deals run to summer 2014.

United set out for Yorkshire tomorrow trying to force their way back into the Play-Offs after welcome back-to-back wins over York City and Dagenham & Redbridge.

They will be without suspended pair Lee Mansell in midfield and Joe Oastler at right-back.

Skipper Mansell completes a three-match ban. Oastler is out for one game. Bradford are in sixth place, a point ahead of United.

Still in all four competitions open to them after beating Port Vale in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this week, the Bantams have just started a gruelling schedule which will see them play ten games in 33 days by January 1.

Three days after they tackle the Gulls, City will welcome Arsenal to Valley Parade in the Capital One Cup.

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  • goalfar  |  December 07 2012, 4:40PM

    WELL.......... 16 SENIOR PLAYERS NOT UNDER CONTRACT FOR NEXT SEASON ! " We don't know how much our budget will be " bleats Ding-a - ling.......................... I for one don't buy into that ......... Torquay always sell 1200 season tickets, tv money is regular, gates have averaged 2500 most seasons, so what is it that Ling don't understand Top League 2 player Howe, not to offered a new deal yet, STUPID, FALSE ECONOMY, by the board.

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