We take a look at a busy morning at Town with duo staying at Town next season
After a busy morning at Town, we reflect on the decisions made on who the club has decided to keep for an extra year and who seem certain to be released next month.
Although Lee O’Neill has left the door open for the club to possibly re-enter talks with the departing Will Keane, Danny Rowe and Jordan Roberts ‘when the football world becomes a bit clearer’, it would come as a surprise if we saw them in a Town shirt next season.
Starting with one player who got offered a new contract, experienced midfielder Cole Skuse. Despite talks with what the former Bristol man could offer after his playing days are up, the 34-year-old has signed a new contract to be a part of Paul Lambert’s playing staff.
The additional year placed in Skuse’s contract will perhaps lead to a coaching role but for now, Skuse, who is one of the fittest players when it comes to pre-season testing, will be focused on guiding Town back to the Championship.
The deal is a sensible one to do by Town, in Skuse’s 273 appearances for the club, you can probably count his bad performances on one hand. A reliable, professional individual, who can still do a job in the third tier of English football.
Another player who will be available for Paul Lambert during the 2020/21 campaign is Gwion Edwards, with club activated the additional year in the Welshman’s contract.
Edwards, who joined Town from Peterborough in 2018, had a fairly decent individual debut season, despite the club getting relegated to League One. As a winger, he frustrated, but he added a different dimension to the side, running at defenders trying to create opportunities for his strikers.
The 27-year-old has scored eight goals for Town so far despite being deployed in a defensive role for virtually all of his 27 league games so far this season, deputising for Kane Vincent-Young.
The additional year given to Edwards will hopefully see him played in his more natural position and perhaps that might have had some influence on the next player leaving the club.
There seems to be the one decision which has divided the fans, across all of our social media platforms there is one name which keeps popping up who the fans would have liked to see stay, Danny Rowe.
After a couple of loan spells with Lincoln, this season was virtually last chance saloon for the winger in a Town shirt. Rowe started the season in terrific form and his first, and only goal this season, took Town top of the league against Rochdale back in November.
But injuries and the change of formation has seen Rowe’s season and career fizzle out with Town, with the 28-year-old making only two league appearances since that goal at Rochdale.
With Gwion Edwards staying at the club and with Alan Judge, Freddie Sears, Armando Dobra and Jack Lankester all potentially vying for positions out wide, Rowe’s chances would be very limited next season.
The club have also announced that strikers Will Keane and Jordan Roberts will be leaving at the end of their current deals.
Keane, who spent some time on-loan with Town last season, was greeted with much anticipation and excitement when re-joining the club in the summer.
However, this season the former Manchester United striker has only scored three league goals in 23 appearances. Yes, we may not play to his style, but for someone who is would be earning a competitive wage at Town, should be doing better.
The only worry is with Keane’s departure, does that leave us light in the striking department? Town were virtually relying on youngster Tyreece Simpson before football was suspended, something we need to address before the start of next season.
As for Roberts, I think this was the decision expected by most Town fans. Despite scoring three goals in three Leasing.com trophy matches, Roberts still couldn’t even break into the Town squad.
The former Crawley man has played less than five minutes of league action for Town this season, in our first home match of the season against Sunderland and spent the second half of the season at League One rivals Gillingham.