Picken staying on
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chesterfield looks set to extend the loan of Manchester United defender Phil Picken.Chesterfield looks set to extend the loan of Manchester United youngster Phil Picken.
The League One club have agreed in principle to keep the 20-year-old at Saltergate, with Picken having been with The Spireites since August.
The defender's initial loan deal is due to expire on December 31, but Picken will likely continue his time with the North Derbyshire outfit come the turn of the New Year.
"We have been given the green light by Sir Alex Ferguson and we hope to finalise the extended loan arrangements very soon," manager Roy McFarland told the club's official website.
The same cannot be said for three other Chesterfield players in Michael Fox, Anthony Jubb and Sam Lancaster.
The club have opted not extend the trio's contracts, which are due to expire at the end of the month.
"We have decided not to extend the contracts of players who are unlikely to be involved in the first team this season," added McFarland.
"We have the strongest squad we have had for some time, which means the bar has been lifted in terms of competition for places in the team.
"We wish the lads all the best for the future and thank them for their endeavours at Saltergate."