Moore ready to move some players on

Last updated : 09 May 2006 By The Chairman
Latics boss Ronnie Moore begins his quest to find a winning combination in the build up to another bid for promotion next season. The manager will be meeting with his playing staff and it is expected that some players will be moving on or going out on load in a bid to reduce the wages bill so that some new faces can be introduced.

Luke Beckett is one of the highest earners at Boundary Park and has now completed his loan deal from Sheffield United. Athletic now have the option of signing him on a permanent basis for an agreed figure of £85,000 if they can agree personal terms with the seasons leading scorer. Beckett has already confessed that he would like to remain at Boundary Park if a suitable deal can be struck.

Paul Edwards (pictured) will be utilising his option clause in his initial 12 month deal as he made enough appearances to be automatically entitled to another 12 month extension to his contract. Moore said, "Eddie has got another year, but I'll be talking to some of the other players and telling them who I want to shift out. We need to reshuffle the squad and get people who enjoy playing, rather than being frightened to death. If someone is giving you money to stay fit and play football, you should keep working hard even if you're having an off-day. Not enough have been doing that, so with the lads who are still under contract but I want to move on, I will speak to them first and then speak to their agents."

The next few weeks should be interesting.