21st Oct, 2018

Club will not 'bow down to demands' from players - Smith

Bromsgrove Editorial 3rd Jul, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Paul Smith has warned his out-of-contract players he would not be ‘held to ransom’ over new deals.

Since the 2014/15 campaign came to an end, the Rouslers manager has been trying to persuade most of the Les James Challenge Cup-winning squad to stay.

Although managing to retain the services of in-demand quartet, Reece Hewitt, Sean Brain, Sam Wills and Josh McKenzie, Smith told The Standard there was still more work to do.

However, he said he would not ‘bow down to demands’ from players if they did not think what Bromsgrove were offering was good enough.

“Make no bones about it there are a number of last year’s squad that are looking for some extra expenses and I will not be held over a barrel if they can’t agree things,” he said.

“There are a lot of clubs out there who are throwing a lot of money at this year and I understand that, but we run a very tight ship here.

“If they want to win in front of 300 brilliant fans every week then that’s what they will do. But if they want to go and chase money then I will not be held to ransom over it and that’s the bottom line.”

Smith said he was willing to go out and get more players if a number of last season’s squad failed to agree new deals.

But he insisted the squad was shaping up well ahead of next season.

“It has been a massive shot in the arm for the club that the likes of Reece Hewitt, Sam Wills, Sean Brain and Josh MacKenzie have decided to stop with us,” he added.

“All four have been inundated with offers over the summer. At least two clubs have contacted each of them. Reece has had four clubs speak to him, so it is a massive plus for us.

“On top of that the main targets Luke Corbett and Luke Dugmore have also signed.

“Luke’s last full season was with Leamington where he got 22 goals in 33 games in the Southern Prem, so he brings a wealth of experience.

“He fell out of love with the game 18 months ago and hasn’t played, but he has he has been looking tremendous in training.

“Luke Dugmore was player of the year at Alvechurch last year and they were desperate to keep hold of him.

“But luckily we have managed to persuade him to come to us, so we are really pleased with the situation so far.”

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