Date: 18th June 2009 at 8:40pm
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SIX members of the Accrington Stanley first team have agreed to sign new contracts with the club and are expected to put pen to paper in the week.

Negotiations have been on going for the past two weeks between club and player, but this week the squad is starting to take shape with the news that more players are agreeing new deals.

Defenders Phil Edwards and youngster Peter Murphy have said yes to new deals, both are expected to be one-year extentions. Murphy, signed from Accrington’s Youth Team spent most of his debut season on the sidelines with a knee injury, but he is back and has to prove he is worthy of a stay.

Andrew Procter has also agreed a new deal after originally stalling as he became a little on edge with Stanley’s financial status as the club was taken to court over a fee of over £300,000 in unpaid taxes. But club bosses reassured Procter who has now agreed the new contract.

John Coleman also recieved a massive boost with news that last season’s Player of the Year, Jimmy Ryan had agreed a new contract. The former Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town youngster was inspirational last term and is still going strong for the Republic of Ireland Under 21’s.

Youngsters Bobby Grant and Chris Turner have also agreed extentions to their current contracts after impressing in their first full seasons in the first team.

All of the above are expected to sign next week.