Blue Square Bet
Published 4th July 2012
Knitters boss Dean Thomas has offered 35-year-old stalwart Richard Lavery the captaincy of the club as part of a new deal at the Greene King Stadium.
But the midfielder, who has made 312 appearances for United during three spells, is subject to offers from several other sides and is mulling over his options.
Thomas is not expecting a decision from the man who lies third on the club's all-time appearance list behind Neil Cartwright (398) and Jamie Lenton (330) any time in the next seven days, with the imminent birth of his child.
"Richard has not made up his mind yet and there are a few other clubs chasing his signature," said Thomas. "But now is a time for him to concentrate on his baby.
"He has told me that he would like to finish his career at Hinckley United but there are a few issues to deal with before he can commit."
If Lavery decides to stay, he will be the rock around which Thomas builds a squad for the 2012/13 campaign.
The Hinckley boss has been busy during the past fortnight talking to current players and potential targets in a bid to assemble a squad that will better last season's perilous fight with relegation. Already, the likes of Paul Lister, Mark Dudley, Dan Bragoli, Ben Richards-Everton and Jake Holt are among those who have signed for next season.
Thomas has also made some notable additions. Scott Furlong is a 19-year-old goalkeeper from Nottingham Forest while Jack Lane and Declan Towers are two young players from closer to home at Oadby Town with plenty of the promise that Thomas has been tracking for some time.
Striker Jason Bradley has also joined after a spell at Tamworth.
Thomas will also be looking at more than a dozen triallists this week as the Knitters train four times in seven days in preparation for their pre-season opener against Coventry a week on Saturday.
"Some of the young lads from our development team are now too old for that set-up so I will be having a look at them and seeing how far they have come," he said.
"There is likely to be plenty more movement with regards to players both in and out before the season gets under way.
"Players who don't get in at other clubs look for other openings and we may find what we are looking for late-on instead of straightaway."
Two players who will definitely not be with Hinckley next season are keeper Dan Haystead, who has joined Boston United, and midfielder Sam Belcher, who has gone to Bedworth United.