ARGYLE manager John Sheridan will wait until next year before revealing his decisions on the six Argyle players whose futures do not extend beyond January 2014.Hamza Bencherif, Andre Blackman and Neal Trotman are all on short-term contracts and John said it will not be until the Devon Derby at home to Torquay United on January 1 that any decision on whether or not their services are being retained will be revealed.
“Decisions will be made and people will know what decisions have been made at the right time,” he said.
“I have spoken to all three players concerned and hopefully I will get a response from all three. I have made them aware of how I am feeling and those decisions will probably come out after the New Year’s Day game.”
Loan players Caolan Lavery, Tope Obadeyi and Jamie Reckord are also on temporary deals and John will take up their case after the Christmas trips to Oxford United, on Boxing Day, and Wimbledon, on December 29.
“I think it is important they stay focused for the games that are coming up,” he said. “I will speak to them; it’s a decision involving their respective clubs if I want to keep them. Hopefully, if I want to keep them, they will stay; if they don’t want to stay, good luck to them when they go back to their clubs.”
It has been reported that new Bury manager David Flitcroft is keen on having Tope back at Gigg Lane, although the subject was not mentioned in the aftermath of Saturday’s Home Park game between Argyle and the Shakers.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone at Bury,” said John. “I haven’t spoken to Tope. Like I say, I want him to stay focused. We have got three tough games coming up and the main thing for me is if they are going to be involved, I want them to give 100% and help us get the points we’re after.”
Similarly, John has not talked to his former club, Sheffield Wednesday, about the future of striker Caolan Lavery, who scored the Pilgrims’ opener in their 2-1 win over Bury.
“When I need to speak to someone from Sheffield Wednesday regarding Caolan, I will do that,” he said, “but they will see he scored a goal, he’s getting a bit of game-time. It will only do Sheffield Wednesday good if he is getting football.
“If you’re playing for your club’s Under-21s, I think you are doing a lot better for yourself and you will be a better player when you go back to your club if you are playing first-team football.”