Mark on potential comings and goingsThis morning during his chat with the press, Mark McGhee gave us an update on the players who are of contract or whose loans expire at the end of the year.
As well as Wayne Brown, who the manager has already confirmed will be leaving the club and heading to Finland, Derek Riordan will be out of contract, and Matt Lund, Sam Walker and Tom Eaves will see their loan spells end.
Mark had this to say: “Tom Eaves is going back to Bolton to meet the manager properly, train a couple of days there, and from there I will talk to Tom and the manager about what happens in the New Year.
“We know what Tom can do, and how much more he can give us, so we would like him to stay after the New Year, but Tom himself and Bolton will have a say in that.
“I have not spoken to Derek Riordan about what is going to happen next, but I will be over the next short period.
“I think he not only has to do a little bit more, he has to convince me about his desire to be here. It has been a difficult one; his wife had a baby, he had all his legal stuff going on, which has been a distraction and I think it has impacted on him.”
The manager should be bolstered by the return of Cian Bolger next week, which could lead to the departure of Guy Branston when his loan period ends.
Mark said: “Weather permitting Cian Bolger will be playing in a reserve game for Leicester today, and we expect him to be playing in a reserve game for us next week, and if he comes through both of those he should be available for selection for the Rotherham game on Saturday.
“When he came back at the start of the season he looked bigger and stronger and I was excited about what he was going to bring us, in both boxes.
“Obviously we lost that very quickly and we are looking forward to getting that back.
“If Cian comes back fit it is unlikely that Guy Branston will stay. He has come in and done a committed job in the short term, but the fact is we have Cian already signed, and we cannot afford both.
“I would like to sign Cian permanently and that is something I will be working towards.”
And the manager says he will be looking to bring in “several” new faces when the transfer window opens in January.
“I think we are going to need several players in the window, and we are working hard to establish who they might be.
“We know that we don’t want young players, we want people who are proven, at least at our level, and can come and instantly be able to make an impact.”
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