Blue Square Bet
Published 9th May 2012
.....sign their new contracts.
Lee has offered deals to fourteen members of the current squad while releasing Paul Bastock, Ryan Semple, Kevin Austin and Chris Hall. And with Lee eager to start planning for next season's campaign, the Pilgrims boss wants a response from his players this week.
"I've spoken to all the players and they know I want an answer this week," said Lee.
"We've offered them what we can offer them. That's the final offer.
"I'd like answers as soon as possible so we can start moving forward."
Lee says there will be no repeat of the Spencer Weir-Daley saga which dominated last summer.
Weir-Daley was offered a new deal by the Pilgrims before it was eventually withdrawn as he held out for a move to higher league.
In the end, the striker joined Conference Premier side AFC Telford United, but an unsuccessful spell with the Bucks saw him return to the Pilgrims in January.
"We've offered Spencer something and he knows what the score is," added Lee.
"It dragged out too long last summer, but I'm confident that situation won't happen again. It won't be allowed to happen again."
As well as Weir-Daley, Lee will also be keen to keep hold of fellow striker Marc Newsham, who ended the season as top scorer and with a string of player of the season awards.
"I'd like to stay and have a better season as a team," said Newsham.
"If we can keep the group together and make a few additions, I think we've got a real chance next season."
Players offered new deals: Ricky Drury (goalkeeper), Ben Fairclough (striker), Jason Field (defender/winger), Gareth Jelleyman (defender), Conor Marshall (defender), Ben Milnes (midfielder), Marc Newsham (striker), James Reed (midfielder), Ian Ross (midfielder), Danny Sleath (midfielder), Kallum Smith (midfielder), Nathan Stainfield (defender), Tom Ward (defender), Spencer Weir-Daley (striker).