Ward wipes slate clean
John Ward has wasted little time getting his feet under the Us table by handing three players lifelines.
Last Updated: 31/05/10 5:55pm
Baldwin, Gillespie and Corcoran given chance at Colchester
New Colchester United manager John Ward has wasted little time getting his feet under the table by handing three players lifelines.
The likes of Pat Baldwin, Steven Gillespie and Sam Corcoran have all been given the chance to revive their Us careers.
Baldwin was frozen out of Colchester's first-team by ex-manager Aidy Boothroyd while Gillespie was mainly used off the bench this season.
Boothroyd actually released youngster Corcoran prior to leaving for Coventry, but Ward has offered him the chance of a one-year deal.
Ward says he will make decisions on players' futures based on what he sees in training this pre-season rather than what went on prior to his arrival.
"I have spoken to Pat Baldwin this morning," he told the club's official website.
"I want him to be back at this club at the start of the season and I want him to be in competition with the other centre halves for that position.
"I have also spoken to Steven Gillespie, and I want him to make me put him in the team.
"I can't just put him in, I want him to give me reasons for selecting him.
"When Pat and Steven return in four weeks time, they will be putting everything into the training and I am sure they will give me good reasons to choose them."
"I have rung Sam Corcoran and offered him another year's contract. I think he's got an opportunity to progress and I want youth to flourish and think he can develop.
"Everyone starts here with a clean sheet and although I know what they're about, I will make decisions on what I see, rather than any preconceptions."