Blue Square Bet
Published 16th May 2012
The 33-year-old former Liverpool and Bury striker is looking for the Seagulls to build on a season of consolidation in the Blue Aquare Bet North and believes he can play his part on the pitch. Although he only scored six goals last season (four of those before he took over the managerial chair in October) as compared to eighteen the previous season, he had numerous assists and Colwyn Bay always looked a better side from an attacking point of view when he was on the pitch. "I feel that I can still contribute something as a player and that I probably have a couple more seasons left in me - injuries permitting," he commented this week. He is hoping to strengthen the squad with a couple of key signings and says he has had talks with a number players. "We have one or two irons in the fire, but it is very early days yet as players want to weigh up their options over the next few weeks before making a decision," said Newby. Several of last year's squad have already agreed to stay on and the club are hoping to fend off reported interest from Bangor City by offering a contract to attacking full-back Mike Lea, who picked up both the manager's and players' Player of the Season awards last month. "We have offered Mike what I feel is a very good deal and I am hoping that he will accept," said Newby. Right-back Luke Denson, who has just won the club player of the season award, has been in Scotland recently for trials with Scottish Premier Division club Inverness Caledonian Thistle and is expecting a decision this week on whether they are to offer him a full-time contract. "I would be very sorry to see Luke go, but also delighted for him if he is given a chance to go full-time. He has worked very hard and deserves the opportunity," added Newby.