Wylde set to stay at Lamb as Kidderminster bid fails
TAMWORTH have been handed a significant boost with central defender Michael Wylde set to commit his future to the club for another 12 months.
Wylde – who received Player of the Year awards from his manager and team-mates last season – was a target for Kidderminster Harriers but has opted to stay at the Lamb.
Midfielder Jay Smith has also agreed a new deal.
Lambs assistant Darron Gee said: "We are delighted that Michael (Wylde) has agreed to stay with us.
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"He received an excellent offer from Kidderminster – one that we simply could not compete with.
"We feared that we would lose him but Gary (Mills) has had another chat with him and he has decided to stay.
"It's a massive signing for us – he's a quality player and to have lost him would have been a blow.
"He's a player who can only get better while here and so it's a big thing for us.
"Keeping Jay here as well is another good move and we feel that the squad is taking shape now.
"We lost a couple of lads early on to other clubs and you do worry about the snowball effect that might have but it's great that we have now got eight or nine of the lads signed on and we are working on other deals.
"We are talking to a striker from the Conference and are waiting on a decision from him while we have also spoken to a midfielder from a League Two side.
"If we get them in, things will really start to take shape.
"The important thing has been not to panic or be rushed into things.
"We are having to work very hard to form the side and juggle the finances to make sure that we create a squad that gives us the best chance for next season.
"It'll be a small squad again next year and we have to make sure we have the right players here.
"If, in the future, we can increase gates by whatever means or the financial situation picks up, then maybe we can push on and be a top ten side."
Gee, meanwhile, confirmed that striker Jerome Murdock would not be offered a new deal by the club.