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Sarll on contract offers & building a more athletic side

31 May 2017

Darren Sarll says that the futures of Jobi McAnuff, Steven Schumacher and Jamie Jones all remain up in the air as the out of contract trio mull over offers.

Each of the players are very much wanted at the club but Sarll knows that nothing is a given.

“All three we have presented offers to and they are under negotiation at this moment in time. These senior lads are a little bit slower because they have been to the puppet show, they know there is a hand under the sock and they know what this time of year is all about.

“It is a bit of slow burner on some of them but all three we want to stay at the football club.

“The toughest one of them all is Jamie. He has probably got his eye on something a little grander in terms of his own career and aspirations.

“We would love Jamie to stay but at the moment the movement on that hasn’t been too forthcoming.”

“Look, it is not a problem. No-one falls out over these sorts of things but we will obviously make our provision now to discuss, recruit and meet potential replacements if we have to.”

Sarll believes that the key to improving on last season is to build a team capable of playing at a high intensity across the whole campaign.

Although there is plenty more business to be done, Sarll believes that the early signings of Alex Samuel and James Ferry will help add that to the group.

“The group takes on a new shape. I just felt that there were too many periods in the season where we couldn’t retain a speed and athleticism to our play. It is really important that we try and maintain that and get a consistency.

“When you look at the season, it was massive highs and massive lows with very little mediocrity in-between. What we have got to try and do is retain the highs and bring the lows up to mediocrity so that we are not losing games but taking draws and stockpiling points.

“We have had a lot of senior players and they were brilliant, absolutely great. But, we need to make sure that the speed of the game in which we used at Kenilworth, when we played Portsmouth, played Wycombe, we have got to maintain that.

“As a supporter, I want to see fast, really hungry, determined players and we need that athleticism to make sure we can play at that speed.

“There is a completely different expectation now. There is no-one trying to stave off relegation, we are trying to build on 10th. I just wanted to make sure we have got that sprite and spring in our step that will allow us to perform over 46 games probably a little more consistently."

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