DESPITE a sixth placed finish in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division Buxton manager John Reed possibly faces the need to recruit a number of quality players over the summer.
Though all the contract players have been retained, it is by no means certain that all of them will return to the club. So far four have re-signed: player-coach Scott Maxfield, right-back Grant Black, midfielder Michael Towey, who finished the season with 17 goals to his credit and 22-goal striker Kieran Lugsden.
Three more have also agreed terms: goalkeeper Scott Hartley, the team’s only ever-present in 2010/11 and midfielders Steve Ridley and Neil Stevens, and it is likely that central defender Sam Liversidge will follow suit. However, teenage left-back Josh Wilde is hoping to play at a higher level but has promised to re-sign if no move materialises.
What’s more, the intentions of the three remaining contract players are still not clear. All-time record goal scorer Mark Reed, whose 2010/11 tally was 27 goals, has promised an answer soon but central defender Tommy Agus has still not decided his future because he has additional personal commitments to consider. Captain Gregg Anderson, meanwhile, has announced on the club’s forum that he has turned down the offer of a new contract for next season because of the travelling distance involved.
As a result John Reed has been in touch with a number of possible recruits, ranging from young, recently-released league players to others recently with Blue Square clubs and several more with Premier Division experience.
Several players have already asked to report to pre-season training, including former Buxton and Alfreton Town midfielder Chris Walton, who returned to match fitness at the end of last season with NCEL outfit, Brighouse Town.
It is anticipated that central defender Matt Heywood, recovering from his knee operation and young midfielders James Askey and Joe Maguire will also return for the new season.
Meanwhile the club is working on its pre-season programme with Macclesfield Town and Altrincham already lined up for visits.
* Following the Derbyshire Senior Cup final against Derby County, Buxton FC have written to the Derbyshire FA to complain about the fielding of Alberto Bueno, a Derby County player on loan from Real Madrid during the match.
Derbyshire Senior Cup rules state that clubs are not allowed to play any loan players in the competition and Buxton FC are currently awaiting a response from the DFA.
* Dore Shield Final between Buxton Town and Whaley Bridge will take place at the Silverlands this Friday, May 13 at 7pm.