Phelan told he can leave

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SCOTT Phelan is the first major casualty as Town boss Neil Aspin prepares for life in Blue Square Bet North next season.

The midfielder has not been offered a new deal by the Shaymen, but James Dean will stay at the club who have taken up an option in his contract.

Phelan is one of only two players to have made more that 100 appearances for the Shaymen since the club was re-formed three years ago.

But he was a peripheral figure in the closing weeks of the campaign due to injury and suspension.

“It was a difficult decision because Scott had been at the club since I arrived,” admitted Aspin.

“I do not feel that he had progressed as I would have liked him to.

“I feel he would be better to move on and get his career going and I am sure he will get another club.

“James Dean’s contract had an option for next season and we have exercised that option so he will be staying at the club.”

Aspin added that he was hoping to persuade Danny Holland to stay at the Shay for another season.

Holland had been rumoured to be considering retirement due to persistent knee problems, but Aspin has spoken to him about a second season with the Shaymen.

“The indications are that he would like to stay,” said Aspin.

“There is a chance he may have gel injected into his knee joint which has no cartilage in it at all.”

Tom Baker, Aaron Hardy, Danny Lowe and Scott Hogan have all been offered deals for next season but one of the club’s two keepers - Jonathan Hedge or Phil Senior - could be on his way out.

Aspin has revealed that he is looking to bring in a new stopper - with rumours persisting that former England under 19 and Huddersfield keeper Simon Eastwood, currently the number two at League Two Oxford United, is on his way to the Shay.

Hedge has been offered the chance to stay but if he rejects that, Aspin may well turn to Senior.

The Shay chief still has to speak to a handful of players about their futures, but three of last season’s squad - Jamie Vardy, Lee Gregory and Liam Hogan - were already contracted for the 2001-12 season.

Brighouse Town are inviting applications for the vacant manager and first team coach positions at St Giles Road as they look to replace Mark Brier and Darren Attwood who quit the NCE League club last week.