David Holdsworth fears losing Lincoln City's star names

David Holdsworth

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth has said he fears losing some of his best players because of uncertainty about the club's finances.

Holdworth will not reveal his retained list until after Saturday's final game of the season against Ebbsfleet.

"Some clubs are in a fantastic position with 16 or 17 players signed for next season," he told BBC Lincolnshire.

"We don't have that ability and that will reflect on the players we can sign and the players we can retain."

He added: "We have some good players here that I would like to retain but, although I don't know, it is unlikely they will be retained because of the financial predicament of the club."

The Imps, who lost 1-0 to Hayes & Yeading last Saturday, are already assured of their Blue Square Bet Premier survival and Holdsworth has been looking at some of his younger players and fringe players in the closing stages of the season.

Holdsworth, who has just five players signed up for next season, says Saturday's match gives some players a final chance to impress him.

"We gave a few people opportunities to show what they are about against Hayes. We will evaluate and make judgment on it," he added.

"There is a lot to be resolved certainly because about 85% of players are out of contract.

"The club need to make an evaluation and we will will do at the right time, but patience is sometimes important as well.

"The club have some retained players already on two-year contracts that were given last year.

"We have a few signed up [winger Conal Platt, defenders Josh Gowling and John Nutter and strikers Jamie Taylor and Kyle Perry] and one or two others with options."

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