Mitchell is staying on — for now

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AFC Sudbury manager David Batch says the club have not received a reported second bid from Leiston for Scott Mitchell — but admits any of his contracted players could leave if the price is right.

The Ryman League Premier Division club went public with their intention to sign defender or midfielder Mitchell off the back of announcing the signing of ex-AFC winger Michael Brothers from Needham Market.

But while manager Steve Ball said he had seen one offer turned down and was waiting to hear back on another, Batch said: “Contrary to what they have said, we have not received a second bid for Scott Mitchell and we have not had contact with them for over two weeks since an initial bid was turned down.

“I am not sure what is going on on planet Leiston, but what they have done is encourage other people to show an interest in Scotty when originally they were the only ones.”

Batch — who will begin pre-season on June 19 — said he did not need to sell Mitchell, who has signed a new deal, but added: “Every single player at Sudbury is available if I thought the money would allow us to go and improve — it is that simple and is the same with any football club.”

While experienced 
midfielder and former caretaker manager Michael Shinn has signed a new contract, taking the number for next season to 10, defenders Josh Carus, Jack Cawley, Greg Crane, long-term injured Josh Turner and striker Ben Thompson will not be offered new deals.

Batch, who is waiting to confirm the visits of three professional clubs to visit King’s Marsh for pre-season, has offered new terms to striker Jamie Forshaw.