One player will leave Worksop Town but Shaw wants to keep rest, and sign ex-Tigers including former Sheffield United prospect

Worksop Town v Trafford. Tigers player Jack Adams
Worksop Town v Trafford. Tigers player Jack Adams

Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw knows he’s lost one player from last season’s squad, but has told the rest he wants them to stay.

He’s also hinted at a return to Sandy Lane for a number of ex-Tigers.

The entire playing staff, minus the unnamed player who has confirmed his departure, will meet this week to discus Shaw’s plans for the 2015/16 campaign.

And Shaw is hoping they will go one better in the NCEL Premier, and take top spot.

He said: “Can this group of players go to the next level and perform consistently? That’s the question for next season.

“They’ve been a fantastic group to work with, and we’ve got a good structure for them to build on.

“Player wise, we’re going to lose one for definite, hopefully we won’t lose any more.

“All the players have been contacted about next year that we want to keep everyone, there will be a meeting this week with the whole group outlining what we’re wanting to do.”

The manager, entering his third season in charge of Worksop, believes the grass won’t be greener elsewhere.

“There isn’t a better club around, with financial stability, that has near enough 500 people watching week in and week out, on a good surface, with great facilities and playing good football,” he said.

“Every club will be worried about losing players, but if young lads think they can get a better deal somewhere else, it’s disappointing that they’re short sighted but my view is that they’re at the best club around at the moment.

“Playing for Worksop Town is not about the money, it’s about playing good football, having good coaching, playing in front of a good following.

“If they can get that elsewhere and get paid a lot of money then that’s great.”

He also wants to add players to the squad that came so close to a league title, including former Worksop Town stars like Jack Adams - once an up and coming star at Bramall Lane.

“We’re hoping Jack Adams will return to the club having recovered from an ACL. I think he’ll be back in September or so.

“He’s another that we had two years ago who earned a contract, did fantastically well but got injured.

“We’re hoping for a couple of other ex Tigers to come back, from years gone by.

“I want to keep that family feeling about the club, and keep the players we’ve got.

“They’re still developing talents.