Contracts on backburner for Town

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CONTRACT talk is off limits as Fleetwood Town go all our for a final push to reach the Football League.

The contracts of ten of the Town players are up for renewal – and even that of manager Micky Mellon is about to run out.

Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon

Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon

However, Mellon says the only focus is on getting into the Football League via the two-legged semi-final against Wimbledon and then – all going to plan – the decider at the City Of Manchester Stadium.

It looks little more than a formality that Mellon’s agreement will be extended but it is not something at the forefront of his thoughts.

Mellon said: “It is something that will be sorted out when I speak to Andy Pilley (chairman). With all that has been going on, we haven’t had time to sit down.

“We have tentatively talked about it but there are far more important things happening. It will be sorted when the time is right.”

Negotiations with the out-of-contract players are also on the back-burner as Fleetwood prepare for the first leg of their Blue Square Bet Premier play-off semi-final at Highbury next Friday.

Before then, Fleetwood play their final match of the regular league season at Cambridge United tomorrow (kick-off 5.15pm).

It is likely that Mellon will take the opportunity to rest a number of regulars for the match and give some players on the fringes of selection a chance to stake their claim.

He said: “We will go out and try to win the game, as we always do, but there are players who need games and others who could do with resting their bumps and bruises.

“The players I do decide to bring in can put pressure on those who have been playing regularly.

“We have to be professional against Cambridge and we want to win every game we take part in.”

There is precious little at stake for either side tomorrow – Fleetwood booked their place in the play-offs with a 1-0 win over Barrow on Monday, when Cambridge maintained their Blue Square Bet Premier status on the back of a 0-0 draw with York.

Cambridge boss Jez George goes by the title of director of football. He had been in charge on a caretaker basis after Martin Ling was sacked.