Lancaster City taking shape ahead of next season

Garry Hunter is among the Lancaster City players to have agreed to stay at the club next season.
Garry Hunter is among the Lancaster City players to have agreed to stay at the club next season.

Lancaster City’s key men look to be staying at Giant Axe next season.

Dolly Blues boss Darren Peacock wants to keep the majority of last year’s squad together as City look to turn a second half revival into a sustained promotion push in the Evo-Stik First Division North in 2015-2016.

The likes of Mike Hale, Ryan Winder, Garry Hunter and Tom Kilifin have verbally agreed terms with Peacock while Aaron Taylor looks set to be fully available after shift work halted his fine season after Christmas.

As for new faces, the Blues head coach has spoken to a few potential signings but conformation isn’t likely until pre-season gets underway properly on June 25.

The former Newcastle, Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers defender said: “I’ve got a verbal agreement with more or less everyone for next season.

“I don’t like to name names but that’s the likes of Mike Hale, Garry Hunter, Ryan Winder, Tom Kilifin everyone.

“Aaron Taylor is going to be available all season too.

“We lost Kilifin and Taylor for much of the season so while they’re not new signings it will be great to have them available.

“Other new faces are likely to come in when pre-season starts and we can have a proper look at them.”

After their return at the end of the month City will have seven training sessions before their opening friendly against Blackpool at Giant Axe on July 11.

Peacock said: “Five out of six friendlies are definite.

“We’re back in training on June 25 and have seven sessions before the Blackpool game which should give us plenty of time.”

Following the clash with the recently relegated Championship side, who appointed former West Ham United assistant boss Neil McDonald as their new manager on Tuesday, the Dolly Blues then host Barrow on Wednesday, July 15 in a 7.30pm kick-off.

West Auckland then visit Giant Axe on Saturday, July 18 before Penrith visit the city seven days later on July 25 in a 2pm kick-off.

Lancaster also host Workington on Saturday, August 8. The Dolly Blues also have a free date for a friendly on August 1 with an opponent to be confirmed.

All games will be half-price entry compared to the regular season, working out at £4 for adults.

The fixtures for the new Evo-Stik First Division North season are set to be revealed on Friday, July 17.