Tough choices for Wilkins
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brighton boss Dean Wilkins is hoping to have his contract sorted before too long.
Brighton boss Dean Wilkins is hoping to have his new contract sorted in the next few weeks, before deciding on the fate of several of his squad.
Wilkins is currently in discussions with his board as he looks to thrash out a deal to stay at the League One club.
Confident that his own future can be finalised before too long, Wilkins will then set about the tough task of shaping his squad for next season.
Several senior players, including the likes of Charlie Oatway, Adam Hinshelwood, Paul Reid, Alexis Bertin, Guy Butters, Kerry Mayo, Michel Kuipers and Gary Hart, are out of contract in the summer and it could be a busy pre-season of departures and arrivals down at Brighton.
"We are currently in discussions over my own contract but everybody knows how passionate I am about this club," he told the club's official website.
"I have had opportunities to leave in the past eight years but I have had a vision that I would love to achieve and hopefully that will come to fruition one day.
"There are some tough decisions ahead for me this summer with regards to the players out of contract. It is people's futures and people's livelihoods so they will be discussed at length and any decisions will not be taken lightly."
While several of Brighton's players have it all to play for between now and the campaign's close, club captain Dean Hammond will not figure having had to undergo a double hernia operation.