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Forest Green: New contracts still up for grabs

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

By Pete Orchard

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Jamie Turley is out of contract this summer

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Boss Ady Pennock has challenged his out-of-contract Forest Green players to secure new deals for next season – either at the New Lawn or elsewhere.

Rovers enter the final month of the Skrill Premier campaign with eight games still to play, starting tomorrow night at Woking (7.45pm).

Though still firmly in the hunt for a play-offs place, Pennock has more than one eye on the long term and has already tied down new signings Lee Hughes, Luke Oliver and Luke Rodgers for 2014/15.

Of the players he inherited from Dave Hockaday on expiring deals, only Marcus Kelly and goalkeeper Sam Russell have pen to paper on extensions.

Russell did so today and midfielder Yan Klukowski is expected to follow suit in the coming weeks, but as it stands Jared Hodgkiss, Ed Asafu-Adjaye, Jamie Turley, Paul Green, Steve Brogan and Matty Taylor will all become free agents in the summer.

Attacking trio Reece Styche, Jason Walker and Saul Williams – all currently on loan at other clubs – will almost certainly be on their way.

Pennock said: “We’re still in with a chance of making the play-offs, but even if we weren’t there is a lot for to play for in the next eight games.

“Everyone knows I’ve got my eye on next season and it will be a busy summer, with a lot of irons in the fire and players coming and going.

“We’re close to getting a couple more of the squad tied down but it’s been difficult with so many games in a short space of time.

“That leaves a few of the boys playing for contracts for next season, be it with us or with someone else.”

A filthy and frustrating night at Southport last time out saw Rovers crash to a 2-0 defeat, though Pennock was more concerned about the welfare of his players with lightning overhead and the pitch badly waterlogged in places.

He maintains that the televised game ought to have been abandoned, but there is no danger of his players feeling sorry for themselves against an in-form Woking outfit.

“If the BT Sport cameras hadn’t been there the game would have been called off – I’m still convinced about that,” Pennock said.

“The last thing we wanted was another rearranged game but the safety of the players and spectators should have been more important.

“It was a frustrating night all-round but I’m still loving the fact that we’ve got something to play for and we’ll go to Woking in good spirits.”

Rovers’ prospects have not been helped by a sickness bug in the camp, meaning there could be several team changes at the Kingfield Stadium.

But one man almost certain to feature is attacking midfielder Bradley Jordan, newly recruited on a month’s loan from Charlton Athletic.

Tomorrow evening’s hosts saw off Wrexham 2-1 on Saturday, their eighth win in 10 matches.

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