Future uncertain for key Fleetwood trio

Jimmy Ryan in action against Blackburn Rovers for Fleetwood's development squad. Photo credit: Stefan Willoughby
Jimmy Ryan in action against Blackburn Rovers for Fleetwood's development squad. Photo credit: Stefan Willoughby

Fleetwood Town’s retained list is expected to be revealed soon, with the future of key out-of-contract trio Conor McLaughlin, Jimmy Ryan and top scorer David Ball still up in the air.

All three were offered fresh contracts during the past season but have yet to put pen to paper, with their current deals set to expire in a few weeks.

Fleetwood Town's David Ball battles with Bradford City's Mark Marshall

Fleetwood Town's David Ball battles with Bradford City's Mark Marshall

Northern Ireland international McLaughlin was subject to reported interest from a host of Championship clubs last summer, after appearing in Euro 2016.

But the 25-year-old remained at Highbury and was named in the EFL’s team of the year for his performances at right wing-back.

Also yet to agree new contracts are 27-year-old Ball and Ryan, 28, whose season was ended by a foot injury sustained at Port Vale in November.

Asked about the retained list and out-of-contract players, Rosler said talks have commenced with a number of them.

Top scorer David Ball

Top scorer David Ball

Rosler and his staff had a deserved two-day break after Fleetwood’s play-off semi-final defeat by Bradford City but were due back today for an end-of-season meeting with the squad.

Rosler explained: “I think it is important to finish the season properly and tighten things up. We need to be top professionald.

“We need to speak to players. Sometimes I have to have uncomfortable talks but we can’t shy away.

“Everybody deserves (to express) their opinion and have a clear answer. That is what we do on Wednesday.”

It is set to be a summer of speculation regarding the future of several players following Town’s fantastic season.

Speculation also surrounds the future of head coach Rosler,the League One manager of the season.

McLaughlin’s fellow wing-back Amari’i Bell is contracted until 2018 but has been linked with Premier League clubs.

Alex Cairns is reportedly interesting West Ham, though he too has recently agreed a fresh deal committing him to Highbury until 2021. Six months ago the keeper had never started a League game but now he has kept 17 clean sheets.

After today’s meeting the squad will head off for their holidays and Rosler says it is important they are refreshed and refocused, both mentally and physically, before he takes charge of his first pre-season at the club.

He added: “I think it is very important that the players get physically and mentally refreshed because one thing I can promise is that the level I demand from the players will not go less.”

Former Town loanee Stefan Scougall, who played 10 times in Town’s successful battle against relegation at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, has been released by League One champions Sheffield United.