Grant McCann says talks are ongoing over the future of a number of Hull City players, admitting the uncertainty of which league the club will be playing in next season is adding to the challenges.
The Tigers have no fewer than six players out of contract when the current campaign ends, though some do have one-year options which the club will likely exercise.
Josh Magennis, Reece Burke and Alfie Jones are among the players with one-year options, while loan rangers Dan Crowley, Gavin Whyte and Regan Slater will all return to their parent clubs, and Jordy de Wijs temporary move to QPR is expected to be made permanent.
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McCann revealed he attended a board meeting prior to Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Gillingham, where the topic of new contracts was firmly on the agenda.
“There’s players out of contract in the summer, there’s options on players,” he said.
“We’ve got George Long, Reece Burke, Alfie Jones, Jordy de Wijs, there’s quite a lot, but we do speak – we had a board meeting (on Thursday) to speak about this, Josh Magennis is another one.
“They’ve all got options on their contracts.”
City have eight games left to seal their fate and secure a return to the Championship at the first time of asking, and while being in a promotion battle is a great place to be, it also makes planning for the new season something of a challenge, while the ongoing economic impact of coronavirus continues to play havoc with the finances at clubs up and down the country, and the Tigers are no different.
“There’s a certain time when we need to give the players that answer, it’s very difficult in this kind of climate in terms of no fans in the stadium, where we are going to be next year, what league are we going to be in,” he said.
“There’s a lot that you have to weight up in your mind to get this decision right when you speak to these players about new contracts.
“Yes, there’s a process in place and there’s communication going on but these things stay in house and try to do our business correctly instead of coming out and splurging it all over the media.”