Cheltenham Town: Yates eyes Robins life after Luke
MARK Yates has admitted that Cheltenham Town are making plans for life after Luke Summerfield despite holding out hope of securing a new deal for the midfield ace.
The ex-Plymouth Argyle midfielder has been offered new terms with the Robins, but seems set to spurn the offer and sign for a League One club amid strong interest from Shrewsbury Town.
Summerfield is the only player offered terms who is still stalling on his future after Jeff Goulding, Keith Lowe and Bagasan Graham pledged their futures to the club this week.
While Yates is still keen to finalise a deal for the 24-year-old, he is also prepared to play a waiting game.
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"I don't think anything has changed with Luke since the end of the season when we offered him a deal," Yates said.
"I have spoken to Luke's agent and he's still saying that Luke wants to play at the highest level he can.
"I am prepared to wait for Luke to make his decision and I will be speaking with him in the next few days.
"That's Luke's prerogative and we have no problems with that. We're keen for him to stay and we've done all we can.
"We had done all we could do a fair time back but Luke wants to take his time and consider what his next move is.
"Whether that move is to stay with Cheltenham Town or to move to a higher league I don't know but we have to respect his wishes.
"We are making plans with him and plans without him."
Regardless of the Summerfield situation, Yates is pushing ahead as he bids to strengthen the squad ahead of the start of pre-season training on July 12.
He has held meetings with players and agents in the past two weeks and hopes those talks will bear fruit soon.
He aims to have half of his expected eight recruits in place for the start of pre-season.
"There are lots ifs, buts or maybes at the moment but we are busy working hard trying to get things done," he said.
"There are lots of meetings going on with players and agents and I am hopeful that those can turn into something more concrete soon.
"It will be almost a domino effect that once we know where we are going with a couple of the people we want, a number of the other ones will fall into place.
"We have the nucleus of a really good side as we speak and we're hopeful that we can bring some other really good players in to supplement them.
"Once we get one or two players in and we know where we're going, the others will almost drop into place around them.
"We want to get three or four in before the start of pre-season training in July and we're a fair way down the line with a number of targets.
"It's just a case of playing the waiting game at the moment as everybody is speaking to everybody.
"But once the first one happens I am fairly certain that another three or four will happen fairly quickly after that."