Plymouth Argyle fans can look forward to a summer thinking about life in League One, buoyed by the news that fans’ favourite Sonny Bradley is staying put, writes Ross Reid.
Player of the year Bradley – who also made it into the 2017 League Two team of the season – is one of seven Pilgrims who have taken up an option to extend their contract for another term.
Bradley’s decision will delight Argyle supporters, who will now nervously wait to see if 15-goal top scorer Graham Carey will accept his offer of a new deal to stay.
Bradley and Carey have both been watched by Championship and League One sides this season.
Now it remains to be seen if playmaker Carey – who has been Argyle’s stand-out player for the past two successful seasons under Adams – can be persuaded to remain at Home Park.
Scottish keeper Mark McCallum, 24, and experienced left back Gary Sawyer, 31, have also been offered new deals.
Manager Derek Adams has done well to keep central defenders Bradley, Yann Songo’o and Jakub Sokolik at the club for the League One campaign, which kicks off on Saturday, August 5.
Songo’o has proved his versatility, being able to operate as a holding midfielder as well as a centre back.
Czech defender Sokolik is possibly one of the most improved players in the division. It’s hard to believe he was released by Yeovil Town a year ago, and again by Phil Brown’s League One Southend at the turn of this year.
Adams and his often unsung coaching staff, Craig Brewster and Paul Wotton, have worked some training ground magic with the 23-year-old to make him another asset.
Argyle fans should be delighted 33-year-old experienced midfielder David Fox, who did not have a club last summer, and attacking full back Oscar Threlkeld, 23, will spend another year as Pilgrims. Forward Jake Jervis and full back Gary Miller have also taken up contract extensions and join already contracted keeper Luke McCormick, midfielder Antoni Sarcevic and targetmen Nate Blissett and Ryan Taylor at Home Park next season.
Date for your diary? Wednesday, June 21, the EFL fixtures release day.