City defender offered new contract

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Lancaster City have moved to try and secure another of their talented stars on a contract until the end of next season.

After signing up Darren Green until May 2014 caretaker manager Mick Hoyle has now offered the same terms to in-form centre-back Daniel Gregson as he looks to build for next season.

Gregson has had an excellent season for the Dolly Blues and Hoyle believes that along with Green he is vital to the club.

He said: “It’s really difficult with us having no full-time manager and actively seeking one to sign up players – a new guy may not rate them.

“However, I think that these boys are integral to the club and along with Neil Marshall and Ryan Elderton we want to secure them for next term.”

There are still no developments on the manager front and Hoyle says he and the board will be looking closely at the applications after the Easter weekend.

He said: “It is really difficult for us. There are people we have approached and want but it is all down to finances and a budget that are not yet in place so there is only so much we can do.

“We have one stand-out candidate but will have a close look at all the applications and see where we stand.”

On the pitch the Easter period sees the Dolly Blues take on two play-off hopefuls as they welcome New Mills on Saturday before travelling to Clitheroe on Easter Monday. The games will be a real test for Hoyle’s charges.

He said: “With the exception of Lee Dodgson, who we will assess at training before New Mills, we have a full squad to choose from but we are under no illusions as to how tough these games will be.

“The lads are in good spirits, everyone has their heads down and is working hard; ever since that terrible late defeat to Ossett Town we knew we had to bounce back and we have so far.

“We want to stay on that upward curve and finish this season on a high; that will be vital going into next season.”

City under 18s forward Luke Bradley will make his full first team debut on Saturday and Hoyle says he has earned his chance.

He added: “He has impressed over the last few months and will be the first of two or three under-18s that will get a shot in the first team over the next few weeks.”