Sheffield Wednesday: Retained list will be my decision insists Stuart Gray

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Stuart Gray insists he and he alone will decide on the futures of those players whose contracts expire at the end of the season.

The appointment of Glenn Roeder and Adam Pearson as sporting directors raised questions as to what the decision making process would be at Hillsborough from this summer onwards.

But Gray says it would be foolish for anyone else to make decisions on players he has worked with for several years.

“It will be my decision,” Gray said.

“At the end of the day I’ve worked with these players all season.

“Glenn has only just come in and so has Adam.

“I’ve worked with the lads for 46 league games, every day for the full season so I will have a big say in it.”

Gray says discussions on potential new contracts will begin next week, following the final game of the season at promoted Watford on Saturday.

And while he admits he would love to get his transfer activity done quickly, he remains in the hands of player agents.

He said: “As soon as we get the last game of the season out of the way we will be talking to the lads.

“I’d love to get my business done early but it will all be driven by agents.”

Gray will work alongside Roeder and Pearson as part of a three-man committee.

He revealed he has yet to have a lengthy meeting with his two new colleagues since their appointment last month.

But the trio will meet next week in order to formulate their plans for a promotion push next season.

He said: “We’ve not had an in-depth conversation yet.

“Glenn has been commuting up and down and the same with Adam.

“We’ll sit down next week once we’ve got the season out of the way and hopefully we can get a plan together.

“We all want to get to that promised land and the important thing is we’ve all got a part to play.”a