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Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm says it will be take or leave it in contract talks

Steve McKimm has warned there will be no haggling as he starts contract talks with Tonbridge players.

Boss McKimm, armed with his own new deal, is keen to tie players down for next season.

He’s promised to be fair but is not prepared to negotiate.

Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm Picture: Matthew Walker
Tonbridge manager Steve McKimm Picture: Matthew Walker

McKimm said: “I’ve spoken to a couple of people so far. It’s now about putting some figures down.

“A couple might want to wait and see what division we’re in next season, which I fully understand, and others will want to commit anyway.

“I’m straight down the line. I give a deal I feel is suitable for them. If they want to chase an extra 10 or 15 quid elsewhere, that’s up to them.

“The players know what I’m about, how I work and we try to look after them as a club.

“I don’t believe any offers I give are detrimental to a player’s ability and nine times out of 10, they take it. It’s not in my remit to haggle.”

McKimm described last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Harlow as dire and hopes of getting it out of their system quickly were dashed when Tuesday’s game against Enfield was postponed due to a frozen pitch at Longmead.

They’re seventh in the Ryman League Premier Division, going into home games against Lowestoft on Saturday and Jimmy Bullard’s Leatherhead on Tuesday. McKimm said: “I’m hoping the Enfield postponement will help us because we’d played six games in 19 days before that, which had taken its toll.

“The play-off spots are still open – there’s 18 games to go. We need to get on a run, which is something we’ve not been able to do since the first eight or nine games of the season.”

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