LIAM LAWRENCE RUMOURS QUOSHED
Liam Lawrence Mansfield talk quashed
shropshirestar.com, December 30, 2015
Midfielder Liam Lawrence has been told to be ready for his chance at Shrewsbury Town - as boss Micky Mellon quashed rumours he is about to leave.
Speculation in social media is awash that the 34-year-old captain is set to be released in January.
The footballing grapevine suggests the midfielder is set to return to his first club Mansfield as player-coach.
Lawrence is out of contract in the summer and made the last of his 10 league starts this season on October 31 at Port Vale.
But the Town chief has denied the skipper is going and hasn’t heard from Mansfield.
Mellon said: "I’ve heard many rumours and I laugh my head off at some of them. There’s absolutely nothing in any of it. We’ve spoke about him wanting to play, and I want people wanting to play.
“I’ve told him ‘we’ll keep you fit and sharp and, if that opportunity comes, makes sure you’re ready to take it’.”
Regarding any interest from Mansfield, Mellon said: “I haven’t heard that and if that comes up, we’ll speak about it and do the best for everyone, because I’ve got a brilliant relationship with Liam.”
Meanwhile, Mellon admits he faces some difficult conversations as he tries to clear the decks for the January sales.
The Town chief wants to keep Anthony Gerrard, Zak Whitbread and Larnell Cole and has other targets, but he has to finance those by settling contracts of existing players.
Mickey Demetriou and Mark Ellis, who are at Cambridge and Carlisle on loan respectively, could go.
Mellon said: “I need to tell people I don’t believe there are first-team opportunities here for them. I’m going to need their money. It’s just as harsh as that.”
Asked how many will go, Mellon said: “I don’t know - we’ve got to balance that up.” But he has identified targets, adding: “We’re well on with a lot of agents.”
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