Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has admitted he was surprised to be able to keep hold of all his key players in the January transfer window.
Despite several players enjoying excellent runs of form and Yeovil significantly exceeding expectations in challenging for the League One play-offs this season, the club has managed to keep all of their first team regulars together for the rest of the campaign.
Johnson said he was happy to have been able to keep his squad together but also pointed out that selling to one of the club’s main rivals was never an option.
He said: “I’m surprised in a way because I think we’ve got players here that are worthy of playing at a higher level and the more we go through the season and the more wins we get I thought people would start wondering what we had at the club.
“We didn’t want to lose our best players at this point so I’m delighted and so are the board.
“I certainly would never have sold to any of our rivals. If a bid from a bigger team had come in for one of my players they could have gone with my blessing but I wasn’t prepared to strengthen a rival at this point.”
Johnson also praised the desire of his players to drag the team into the League One play-off places.
Yeovil have won their last four league games to lift them from a mid-table position to seventh place and just three points outside a play-off place.
And Johnson believes that self-belief and the positive mentality within the squad will see them into the top six at the end of the season.
“We’ve got the lads to have the level of desire they need to compete near the top of the table and that belief has helped us get where we are.”
“I believe we’re good enough to make the play-offs. I’ve made a pact with the lads that we can make the play-offs and if we can keep the belief that we’ll reach the play-offs up until the end of the season, we’ll get there.”