Coleman expects player struggle

Stanley boss fears star men will be in demand in the summer

Coleman: Has work cut out

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Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman believes that he is in for a struggle to keep hold of his star players for next season.

The League Two outfit have overcome all the odds this season to put themselves in contention for a play-off place, but their success has also alerted clubs to their prized assets.

Both Bobby Grant and Michael Symes have been linked with a move away this season, with Derby County said to be interested in bringing the duo to Pride Park, and Coleman concedes that he will have a real battle to keep hold of them this summer even if they gain promotion.

"We had a few enquiries for Michael Symes and another few tentative ones regarding Bobby Grant, but nothing concrete for the latter," Coleman told skysports.com.

"Them two get the headlines for the goals that they've scored, but we've got other players who have played brilliantly this season and gone rather unnoticed, so I'm sure that we will have our work cut out when planning a squad for next season."

The Lancashire club's progress this season is remarkable considering the financial problems the club have had, with a winding-up order narrowly avoided, and Coleman believes reaching the play-offs would be an outstanding achievement.

He added: "I think that it would be a fantastic achievement for this club to qualify for the play-offs.

"No disrespect to the Premier League clubs, but it would be akin to Portsmouth getting into the Champions League.

"If we can maintain the form that we have been in recently then we've got a chance of doing just that."