Duffers’ Diaries: Who could stay and who could go in Ilkeston Town reshuffle?

Alex Marshall is one player Steve Chettle will be keen to hang on to.
Alex Marshall is one player Steve Chettle will be keen to hang on to.

It’s that time of year when managers at all levels decide just who they want to keep and who is surplus to requirements at their respective clubs.

But who is Ilkeston Town boss Steve Chettle likely to want to hold on to?

Based on the squad that finished the season at the New Manor Ground, how did they fare and who do I think will stay or go?

GK - Ian Deakin - One would imagine the player/assistant manager will stay put and is likely to want to carry on between the sticks despite picking up a few injuries. Probably the best and most consistent keeper in MFL Division One and a crucial asset. Verdict: Keep him.

GK - Jamie Hannis: Hannis has impressed when called upon and will be another one worth keeping given Deakin’s unpredictable fitness situation. Verdict: Keep him.

DF - Chris Shaw: Asurprise package this season given he came out of retirement, but having moved to centre-half he’s proved a vital cog in the defence. If he can stay fit, he will be again next year. Verdict: Keep him.

DF - Charlie Jemson: The teenager has been solid at the back and benefited no end from having Shaw alongside him. Plenty of potential. Verdict: Keep him.

DF - Elliot Hodgett-Young: Played a bit at the start but injury hampered him, as well as Jemson and Shaw’s good form. Hard to see him making an impact should he stay. Verdict: Let him go.

DF - Tom Marshall: Began in midfield but then made right-back his own. Great at set pieces and consistent too. Verdict: Keep him.

DF - Lavell White: Was a useful player to have available but struggled to secure a place in the team late on. Probably better options out there. Verdict: Let him go.

MF - Martin Lench: Began as skipper but lost his regular place and played a bit part in the latter stages. Verdict: Let him go.

MF - Ben Morris: On dual registration with Mickleover Sports but if the Robins can have him back, he’s another with growing potential. Verdict: Keep him if they can.

MF - Conor Green: Looked promising in his few appearances late on. Could be useful next season. Verdict: Keep him.

MF - Billy Bennett: Valuable throughout on the left side and worked so well with Jamie Walker. Verdict: Keep him.

MF - Jamie Walker: Scored 17 goals and got many more assists. Should be playing at a higher level but for now, it’s Ilkeston’s gain. Verdict: Keep him.

MF - Ben Fairclough: Got better as time went on and nicks a few goals too. Well worth retaining. Verdict: Keep him.

MF - Jordan Wheatley: Solid performer with undoubted talent, another who should be at a higher level. Verdict: Keep him.

MF - Ben Clark: A few cameo appearances late on but hard to truly assess him. May be better options. Verdict: Let him go.

MF - Micah Edwards: Looks good on the ball but couldn’t hold down a place. Could get regular football elsewhere. Verdict: Let him go.

MF - Calum Smith: Promising start for him but went out elsewhere in the latter stages. Verdict: Let him go.

FW - Alex Marshall: Was a superb target man and his 25 goals were so important. Local boy who must stay on, unless he’s snapped up by a higher level club. Verdict: Keep him.

FW - Tim Hopkinson: If the ball’s in the six yard box, he’ll probably put it in the net. Great option to have and scored 19 goals. Verdict: Keep him.

FW - Malachi Lavelle-Moore: Probably needs to be higher up the pyramid and his fitness is a concern, but well worth keeping if he’ll happily stay. Verdict: Keep him.

FW - Mark Green: Didn’t get enough game time and is unlikely to should he stay on given the other options. Verdict: Let him go.