Value is key to league squad

Fleetwood Town v Luton Town. Pictured is Andy Pilley.
Fleetwood Town v Luton Town. Pictured is Andy Pilley.
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VALUE for money will be the key to Fleetwood Town’s transfer policy, as the Conference champions set about rebuilding for the Football League.

Tomorrow’s celebratory open-top bus parade through the streets of Fleetwood will feature numerous players who discovered this week that their contracts at the club will not be renewed.

And, once the weekend’s festivities are out of the way, attention will turn to securing replacements.

Chairman Andy Pilley told The Gazette: “Releasing players is never pleasant, and we can can only express our gratitude for all they have done for us, and wish them the very best for the future.

“I know Micky’s (manager Micky Mellon) phone has been very busy, because lots of players want to join in what is going on here.”

Nine players were released this week, but when asked whether Town would now be looking to replenish their squad with a similar number of signings, the chairman said: “That’s Micky’s department, really. But what matters more than ever this summer is that we get value for money with our signings.

“There are league rulings regarding budgets and how much you can spend, so we have to make sure we get the right players in.”

If Mellon is the man dealing with recruitment, then the chairman is the first port of call for any suitors for top scorer James Vardy.

The speculation surrounding a big-money move for Town’s prize asset stepped up again this week, with most of the talk focusing on Leicester City. Pilley responded: “I don’t think it would be right to name individual clubs, but we have had a lot of calls from numerous clubs about Jamie, and are in talks with different clubs.”

Business dealings will be on the backburner tomorrow, when Pilley will join the triumphant squad on the bus leaving Highbury at 2pm. The route will take in Broadway, Beach Road, Esplanade, North Church Street, Adelaide St, Blackiston St, Poulton Rd and back into Highbury Ave.

Supporters are then invited to join the squad in Jim’s Bar at Highbury Stadium for the FA Cup final, followed by a quiz, question and answer session, and finally the player of the year awards.

Pilley added: “Its always nice to have celebrations after a hard season.

“It’s an exciting time, and long may it continue.

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