Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo, Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has confirmed that the club have offered new contracts to defender Sean Raggett and midfielder Alex Woodyard. The pair were one of the many shining lights at the Imps won the Vanarama National League title last season, leading to intense speculation in them both.

In the case of Raggett, there are three clubs especially who are said to keen on the 24-year-old centre back. Whilst for Woodyard, many clubs have been touted with him for several months now. Nevertheless, Cowley is ‘confident’ that both will be in the team which starts Lincoln’s campaign back at this level when they travel to Wycombe Wanderers in early August.

Former Dover Athletic man Raggett has been mentioned with the likes of West Ham United, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City. Whereas Woodyard, also 24, has been the subject of a bid from last season’s Sky Bet League One play-off semi-finalists Scunthorpe United, according to BBC Radio Humberside’s Mike White. Cowley, who brought the pair to the club last season, believes both will be staying put,

“The club are working extremely hard to try and keep both players and we’re in the process of offering them new contracts.

“Those boys are in a great position because they’ve got some big clubs chasing them. If that materialises, they’ll have the opportunity to play at a higher level.

“I try and give them the best advice I possibly can. Of course, it’s my responsibility to cover all basis, which we have done. But I’m confident they’ll stay. Why would you want to leave this football club?

“Listen, I know there are bigger clubs at a higher level but this is a fantastic football club and great place to be.”

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