Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Walker building for future

Ballymena United’s season may be grinding to a disappointing halt but once the action on the pitch ends, Roy Walker is in for a busy time.

Cost-cutting by the Braid club, who entertain Lisburn Distillery in their final home game of the season tomorrow, means that the team which lines up against the Whites is unlikely to be the one that re-appears in August.

And in building for the future, Walker is, appropriately enough, beginning to sound like an estate agent who, naturally, is looking for something a little more compact and bijou.

And with cash at a premium, there is a simple message for players — both those searching for a new deal or potential targets — it is a depressed market.

“I’ve been speaking to several managers this week about players that we want to bring in and one or two of those discussions were positive,” he revealed.

“A lot of people, like the housing market, have to realign their thinking, and the value they think the property is worth.

“There will be a lot of people who will have to change their asking price and by definition that will probably make players available to be spoken to.

“Our aim is to have a budget and we’ll work to that. We might ask some players who are under contract to reappraise and help us out. We’ve got to balance the books and do the numbers and that’s not a bad thing because, genuinely, some people have been paid too much for far too long.”

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