Plymouth wait on Bhasera

PLYMOUTH - Pilgrims boss John Sheridan is still awaiting a response from Onismor Bhasera over the club's offer of a new deal to the Zimbabwe international.

Bhasera, Argyle's player of the year, was initially given until Monday last to confirm whether he would be returning to Home Park for the 2013-14 League Two campaign.

But the left-sided defender cum midfielder, who joined Plymouth from Kaizer Chiefs in 2010 and who is said to be a target for Bristol City and Oxford United, has thus far failed to surface.

Sheridan is busily putting his own stamp on the make-up of next season's Argyle squad, and clearly rates Bhasera highly.

The former Chesterfield and Oldham Athletic chief has already re-recruited goalkeeper Jake Cole, defender Guy Branston, defender/midfielder Paul Wotton and midfielder Conor Hourihane and wants to add Bhasera to the list.

Sheridan said: "The ball is in Baz's (Bhasera) court at the moment.

"We've made him a very good offer and, hopefully, he will accept it, but it's 50/50 over whether he will or not."

Argyle's players are scheduled to return for pre-season training on June 26 and Sheridan is confident friendlies arranged with local non-league sides and home games with Championship newboys Yeovil Town and League One MK Dons are the right mix.

He said: "The purpose of pre-season friendlies is to test the level fitness of the players before any new campaign starts and let the fans see the new signings in action. So, we'll be visiting local clubs like Elburton Villa and then have Milton Keynes Dons and Yeovil at Home Park.

"Milton Keynes are a good League One club and will provide solid opposition for us as will Yeovil." - Plymouth Herald

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