Hill makes contract warning

Keith Hill has warned those Rochdale players offered new deals that their new deals will not be sitting on the table for too long.

Last Updated: 02/05/13 at 13:11

Keith Hill: Not waiting around

Keith Hill: Not waiting around

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At the end of last week, Hill announced he would enter into negotiations with Jason Kennedy, Rhys Bennett, Steve Collis, Phil Edwards, Ian Henderson, Joe Rafferty, Michael Rose and Andrew Tutte, all of whom see their present terms expire this summer.

"There are players who I want to retain but I have to play a game of cat and mouse," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"Gone are the days when I'll be waiting for players to make decisions. There will be one or two who I will be prepared to wait for because they are important to me. But the rest will be waiting for me.

"It's a great market for me. There are some very good players out there who can bed in nicely to this environment and this process we are going through.

"I'm well on the way to speaking to players' agents, but I'm going on holiday and when I get back that is when the real work will start. I ask fans to be ultra-patient because we're not looking for a quick signing to sell season tickets.

"We want supporters to buy season tickets, but we don't want them to buy them on a marquee signing. Buy season tickets, support your team and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the way we set up next season."

Goalkeeper Josh Lillis is already under contract for 2013/14 at Spotland along with forward duo George Donnelly and Bobby Grant, while defender Peter Cavanagh is expected to take up his option for another year with Hill doing likewise for youngsters Godwin Abadaki and Reece Gray.

Experienced midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy has agreed to join the backroom staff and will register as a player/coach for next season.

Ashley Grimes, Andy Haworth, Terry Gornell, Ritchie Jones, Kevin McIntyre, Neill Byrne, Matt Edwards and Matt Pearson have been released.

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