LEE CLARK is ready to cull up to five players from Huddersfield Town’s first-team squad.
While Anthony PIlkington and Lee Peltier have been sold to Norwich City and Leicester respectively, the manager has made seven signings in Liam Cooper, Oscar Gobern, Damien Johnson, Donal McDermott, Tommy Miller, Danny Ward and Calum Woods.
In addition Danny Cadamarteri, Nick Colgan and Antony Kay have signed new contracts.
Now Clark, mindful of the new salary cap and the reduction from seven to five players on the bench in Football League games, wants to trim his 32-strong pool.
“We need to streamline, because the squad we have at the moment is too big,” said the boss, whose side won 3-0 with goals from Gary Roberts, McDermott and Lee Novak in last night’s latest friendly at Fleetwood (a fifth senior pre-season win on the trot).
“Certain players have been told they don’t figure in our long-term plans and they and their agents should look for other clubs.”
While no names have been mentioned, long-serving defender Nathan Clarke and striker Robbie Simpson had already been told they could leave.
While contracted players are free to see out their deals, the economic climate and new salary cap regulations mean there will be even more looking for clubs this time next year.