Quartet commit to Blues

Mikey Roberts has signed a new two-year deal at Whitby Town
Mikey Roberts has signed a new two-year deal at Whitby Town

Four key members of personnel have committed their futures to Whitby Town after agreeing new two-year deals.

Manager Chris Hardy, top-scorer Mikey Roberts, goalkeeper Shane Bland and player-coach Lee Bullock all put pen to paper on new contracts on Thursday.

Manager Chris Hardy

Manager Chris Hardy

“We are looking to build something here long-term, hence the reason for the two-year deals for Lee and myself,” Hardy told the Whitby Gazette.

“I’m also delighted that we’ve been able to sort out contracts for Mikey and Shane, they’re very important in terms of what we want to do going forward, and obviously they were attracting interest from elsewhere.

“I’m confident that in the next week or so we will have contracts sorted for the majority of the lads that we want to keep at the club.

“There’s always interest in your players from other teams at this time of year, but I’m fairly certain that none of the boys who we want to stay will be going anywhere.”

Blues goalkeeper Shane Bland

Blues goalkeeper Shane Bland

Despite the fact that the 2015/16 campaign has only just drawn to a conclusion, the Blues have been hard at work making preparations for next season in the last week.

With the club determined to improve on their 19th-placed finish last time out and avoid a relegation scrap next term, treasurer and committee member Andrew Spenceley said that the deals offered to Hardy, Roberts, Bland and Bullock represent a “statement of intent”.

“We are looking to be positive as we aim to build for next season and the first thing you have to do as a club is protect your assets,” he added.

“Mikey’s goalscoring record speaks for itself and Shane is as good a goalkeeper as you are going to find at this level of football.

Lee Bullock

Lee Bullock

“That’s why we’ve acted so quickly, and we are hopeful of sorting out contracts with a number of other players in the coming days.”