Michael Jolley has challenged his out of contract Grimsby Town players to prove why they should be given a new deal this summer.
The Mariners have shown, in flashes, to be a capable side this season, but have struggled for consistency. That’s left Michael Jolley with a rebuilding job to do this summer as a number of players become free agents.
Harry Davis, Alex Whitmore, Danny Collins, Reece Hall-Johnson, Martyn Woolford, JJ Hooper and Wes Thomas will all be up for possible new deals during the off-season, but they won’t be handed out lightly.
Jolley told the Grimsby Telegraph that they have to prove themselves to him over the coming matches
“I think every footballer knows they’re being judged all the time. It’s incumbent on those who are coming up out of contract to put a mark down about how they can help us when we start off next season.”
He also claimed that versatility is going to be a huge asset to those hoping for an extended stay in North Lincolnshire.
“We’re not a big squad, in both numbers and height, so we need certain players to be versatile,” he added.
“Certainly Harry (Davis) and Reece (Hall-Johnson), and one or two others, have been quite versatile in playing different roles, and that’s helpful because it means we have to carry fewer players.”
One of the players on the list, Wes Thomas, seems to have already seen his future at the club snuffed out. He was left out of the matchday squad this week after rumours of an altercation with the manager and he’s now set to depart Blundell Park in the summer.
Wes Thomas is a tricky customer and could have added value, but Jolley knows that he has to keep squad discipline as well as talented players.
He’s likely to rebuild heavily in the summer and those players fighting for a new deal are going to have to truly impress over the next five matches.