Braintree Town boss Robbie Garvey has admitted he may have to fend off offers for his best players after the club missed out on a play-off place.

The Iron face another season in Blue Square South, following their 2-1 defeat by Newport County at Cressing Road on Saturday, in their final game of the season.

The likes of George Purcell, Ryan Peters and Jacob Mingle have all been consistent performers for Braintree this season.

Garvey praised his squad for their efforts in finishing seventh this season.

He said he is reluctant to make too many alterations to his playing squad, over the summer months.

But the Iron boss conceded that the achievements of his players may attract attention from rival clubs.

Garvey told the Times: “It’s a group of players that have done well together.

“The youngsters I brought to the club last summer were predominantly from the league below.

“George Purcell and others might want to play at a higher level.

“I’ve always said that I would not stand in their way if they feel they want to give it a go in a higher league.

“Not all of our players are under contract, so they are open to offers."

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