WARRINGTON Town boss Paul Carden says he will be trying his best to keep his squad together for another tilt at promotion next season.
The Yellows were cruelly denied promotion to National League North at the weekend, beaten 3-2 after extra-time by King’s Lynn Town in the super play-off.
In any other year, winning the Northern Premier League play-offs would have been enough to go up, but due to a re-structuring of the football pyramid, an extra game was needed and that proved a hurdle too far.
Carden’s men have finished in third in the table in each of the past two seasons, and last summer he had to virtually re-build his whole side due to a number of player departures, largely to teams in leagues above.
He said: “There will be a few vultures circling, as I would expect, because there’s lad there who have had unbelievable seasons and are destined to go higher, so it’ll be a case of when they move and when they decide to move.
“The thing is we knew it before the start of the season so there’s no point moaning about it.
“Any other year gone by and any other year going forward, you’re promoted.
“It’s just the way it seems to be, we’ve had to overcome another hurdle but we’re back staying in our division next season unfortunately.
“I said to the lads we don’t need to rip it up and start again. Looking at the side there I think Tony Gray was the only one to play in the play-offs last season, which tells you how well and strong the lads have done.
“We will try our best to keep as many of them to take us forward, and we will be trying to keep it together.”