Shaw doesn’t expect departures or higher wage demands from young Worksop Town stars

Worksop Town FC v Tadcaster Albion, Worksop celebrate Matt Booth's goal
Worksop Town FC v Tadcaster Albion, Worksop celebrate Matt Booth's goal

Worksop Town’s pre-season schedule begins in earnest this weekend with training sessions on both Saturday and Sunday.

And boss Mark Shaw is expecting his squad to be made up of the vast majority of last season’s players.

Ahead of the first official squad training sessions, Shaw insisted he was confident of retaining the services of his top stars.

“Since Jon Stewart left there hasn’t been any player that’s said ‘I am going,’” he said.

“I’ve had plenty of texts and calls over the last two months saying that they want to stay, so I’m taking that as black and white.

“Players like Phil Roe and Tom Burgin haven’t told me they want to leave, they’ve told me they’ve had clubs contact them but they’ve said they want to be here.

“To be honest if someone does want to leave, the only reason that I can see is to get paid a lot of money.

“If it’s money over loyalty then players can go and get their move, but I don’t think it reflects well on the player.

“I don’t think there’s a better club around for players to go to, so if people leave it will be out of the blue.”

The manager isn’t expecting demands for more money from his youngsters, who he says have to understand how the club runs these days.

“We’ve got to be realistic, we’re funded by the fans,” he said.

“People put their hard earned money in to supply funds for this team.

“So all the players have to realise it’s funded by the every day person, not a multimillionaire.

“With regards to new deals, I see us all as the same, we didn’t win anything last season, we came close but we’re still an NCEL Premier team, we’re not in the Evo-Stik Premier.”

He is hopeful, however that by this time next year they will no longer be an NCEL outfit.

“We’re ready to go, we had a staff meeting last night about what we’re going to do in pre-season and I expect the players to come in ready to go.

“I’ve got high hopes for the way we’re going to take on this season.

“For some of the players this season is a chance to make their mark and make a name for themselves.

“What are their personal goals? I want to win as many games and as many trophies as we can, so have they got it in them to go on step further in the league, and a few rounds further in the cups, and be a very successful team?”

Shaw has added goalkeeper Jon Kenney and midfielder Steve Woolley to the ranks this summer, and will run his eye over some other potential recruits in training.

“We’ll have a look at people in pre-season, players will be given a chance in training and in games and then we’ll make judgements.

“Triallists have to make me think they will help me win the league.

“There are one or two we’ve got our eye on.”

Worksop’s first pre-season game will take place at Sandy Lane on 11th July when they face Handsworth Parramore.