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Gore battling to keep hold of young stars
5:30pm Thursday 21st June 2012 in Football
TONY Gore admits he faces a real fight to keep hold of Dudley Sports’ young stars.
With last year’s player-of-the-season Matt Hearsey set to start the summer at Stourbridge, joint-manager Gore is now sweating over the future of striker Craig Tibbetts.
The hitman is being hunted by Causeway United, Tividale and AFC Wulfrunians and will make a decision on his future when he returns from holiday.
Gore admits losing Tibbetts would be very frustrating.
He said: “We are facing a real fight to keep players.
“It’s disappointing because these lads have been around for a while.
“It’s not like they have appeared on a spaceship overnight.
“We have given them the opportunity to play when not too many other clubs were interested in taking a chance.
“The Matt Hearsey thing is a bit different. Gary (Hackett) at Stourbridge put a call in to me and you can’t blame the lad for trying to better himself.
“But we are keen to hang on to everyone else.”
Sports enjoyed their best West Midlands Premier campaign for several years, finishing 12th after recovering from a dreadful start which saw them lose six of their first seven games.
He added: “Don’t get me wrong, we had a fantastic last three-quarters of the season but we do still need to improve in some aspects of our game. If you can keep everyone together it is easier to build.
“It’s frustrating because when you think you are getting somewhere you have the team broken up.
“But if players leave we will replace them. I have done it before and will do it again.”
Sports were set to finalise the signing of former Lye Town striker Matt Corfield last night. Corfield has spent the last six months coaching in India.
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