More signing news to come as Academy quartet agree contract extensions
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Wick Academy manager Gary Manson has promised more signing news in the near future after tying up four members of the first-team squad on contract extensions.
Goalkeeper Gordon Clark, forward Alan Hughes and midfielders Ross Allan and Jack Henry have all committed their futures to the Scorries as clubs await information on when the new Highland League campaign can get under way.
The quartet become Manson’s first re-signings of the close season, with more players expected to follow suit.
“It’s great news for the club to get these lads signed up for next season and beyond," Manson said. "These are uncertain times we find ourselves in, so to know I’ll have players of their ability and experience to work with going forward is great.
"I’m sure this is just the beginning of the signing news to come out of the club and hopefully we’ll have more in the coming days.”
Manson was confirmed as Academy manager on July 10. Speaking at the time, he said he had every confidence in the squad he inherited from former boss Tom McKenna, although he would be looking at bringing in one or two additions.
“I firmly believe that the squad we had last season, without adding to it, should be top four or top five in the Highland League. I have no doubts about that,” he said.
“It’s just getting that squad believing in themselves, giving them a little bit of structure, giving them a bit of guidance, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t be in the top five of the Highland League and looking to get to cup finals."
Highland League secretary Rod Houston admitted this week there was still no clear picture over the timescale and format of the league for 2020/21. He said: “We are still trying to work out what kind of season the Highland League will have.”