Louie Swain future at Harrogate Town still up in air due to full Monday training sessions

Louie Swain, right, has yet to agree a contract at Harrogate Town next season
Louie Swain, right, has yet to agree a contract at Harrogate Town next season

Simon Weaver's decision to add an extra day of training next season could spell the end of Louie Swain's time at Harrogate Town.

Swain, who featured predominantly at left-back last season, has yet to agree a new contract at his home town club.

The addition of former Guiseley captain, and fellow left-back, Ben Parker has cast doubt on Swain's future on Wetherby Road however Weaver has stated he wants the former Bradford City graduate to stay.

Manager and player have not held discussions since both going on holiday at the end of the season but the pair were due to meet on Friday.

Weaver revealed the defender was attempting to reshuffle work commitments to get clearance to train each Monday.

With the insertion of a 3G pitch, Weaver has requested that all Town players to report to the CNG Stadium for a full day of training on Mondays throughout next season.

Weaver said: “I am keen to keep him involved with the club. It's down to the player where he sees himself in it all.

“Obviously Ben Parker has come in in the meantime. It seemed a no brainer to get Ben involved due to his huge ability. Swainy could stay with us and learn a huge amount from him.

“He was trying to sort out work, with me wanting the squad to start training a full-day on Mondays and we will have to have another chat about that.

“There's no one more committed than Louie. He wants to make it as a footballer but sometimes in life it's not as straightforward as that."

Andy McWilliams and Paul Beasley have also not sat down with Weaver to agree terms for next season.

As a part time outfit, Town have traditionally trained on Tuesday and Thursday evenings under Weaver's leadership

But the boss has made a statement of intent by making a first step towards turning professional.

Weaver added: “With the 3G surface, we have got a training ground as well as a pitch.

“I want more contact time with players. I love coaching and we will be able to use the extra time to do more video analysis with the players. It will give us more time than rushed hour and a half session on a Tuesday night.

“I want the players waking up on a Monday morning feeling like a footballer.

“We haven't been able to throw money at it to replace the days' work for the players but thankfully the players have bought into the idea because they want to play football.

“The budget hasn't increased but we are getting more for our money in terms of commitment from training.

“Ultimately as a manager I want to be a full time manager and coach. But I understand the level we are at. I don't want to rip the squad up but I want to maximise the chances to work with them.”