Darrell Clarke to Meet With Andy Cook as Striker's Future Remains Unclear

New Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has revealed that he will hold talks with last season's top-scorer Andy Cook with a hope of finding out whether the former Tranmere Rovers man sees his future in the West Midlands or would like to depart for pastures new.
Cook, who bagged 18 goals in fifty first-team appearances during his debut season in the EFL, is not going to be short of suitors with the 28-year-old continuing to find the back of the net on a regular basis, something which is becoming increasingly harder to come by.

41-year-old Clarke, who penned a three-year deal at Banks's Stadium, is going to have a busy summer break as the League Two Saddlers have almost twenty players due to be out-of-contract at the end of June.

The former Salisbury City and Bristol Rovers boss admitted that he would like to see Bishop Auckland-born Cook stay but will not accept players not wanting to stay, with the Mansfield-born gaffer happy to offload anyone who doesn't show their commitment to the cause.

Darrell, who was speaking via the Express & Star, said; "I will sit down and have a chat with Andy. But having interest in one of my players is nothing I haven’t seen before. That is football.

"When you score goals, you are going to have interest from other football clubs. What I will say is – and I’ve always worked like this – if players don’t want to be here, they will be gone.

"I will get the best price for them and out they go, simple as that. You want players who committed, I want everyone signing off the same page. I want players who are committed to the rebuild.

"I am an open manager, my door is always open. Chat to me, be honest with me. And I know at times players want to move on. Certainly you want to try and keep hold of your best players. But their hearts have got to be in it."
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