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Waiting game for Johnson

Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson must remain patient as he waits to discover what the future holds for his out-of-contract players.

With the Sky Bet Championship season over for Yeovil, and with relegation back to the third tier confirmed, attention has started to drift towards the summer.

A number of deals are soon to expire at Huish Park, with the likes of Byron Webster and Marek Stech among those set to drop into the free agent pool.

Johnson concedes there is little he can do to influence their decisions - with both men said to be attracting interest from afar - but he is more optimistic when it comes to 22-year-old defender Luke Ayling.

The former Arsenal trainee could be persuaded to stay on, while others will have fresh terms put to them once a decision on budgets has been taken by the club's board.

Johnson told the Western Gazette of his plans heading forward and when a retained list can be expected: "You are close to seeing it, but there are only one or two maybe that people couldn't guess with and that's why I've got to wait and see what I've got available.

"If I've got a lot available, some might struggle because you've got more money to bring in somebody.

"There's about six or seven out of contract and there's not a lot we can do about Marek and Webby. Obviously we've got to decide on Macca (Jamie McAllister) and Hayts (James Hayter).

"Luke Ayling is under 24 so whoever takes him will have to pay compensation, so I still see him in my head as still being with us unless a deal is done, which is good.

"There's really only two or three of them that are waiting for me to contact them, but I will do that as soon as I can."