NEW manager David Flitcroft hopes to know more about the fates of Swindon Town’s out-of-contract players next week, although he concedes that Jonathan Obika sees his future away from the club.

Town offered new contracts to five senior players – Obika, club captain Nathan Thompson, Yaser Kasim, Raphael Branco and Jermaine Hylton – whose current deals expire at the end of this month back on May 18 and subsequently appointed Flitcroft as the club’s new manager on June 5.

Despite his best efforts, Flitcroft has so far struggled to make contact with the majority of those players but hopes that can be rectified in the coming days.

One player who Flitcroft has been able to speak to is Obika but the striker has made it clear that he will not be signing on again and yesterday posted a farewell message to the Town supporters on social media.

“I’ve spoken to Jon Obika and his agent. With modern day players, you have got to go through their agent or agents. Jon sees his future elsewhere,” said Flitcroft.

“When I spoke to Jon, he said wanted to play League One and higher. That’s a natural thing for players to want to do.

“We are struggling to get hold of Yaser Kasim’s agent. We have put the calls out to try to speak to him, so I will know more on that.

“We have moved heaven and earth to speak to Raphael Branco’s representatives but not had that opportunity yet, they have not got back to me.

“We will know more next week on Nathan Thompson and I am going to speak to Jermaine Hylton next week. I am going to touch base with him on Tuesday as I want to meet with him in person.

“If they feel their future is somewhere else and they want to go, then I don’t want that type of player at Swindon.”

Flitcroft also confirmed that new terms had been put on the table to youngsters Tom Smith and Jake Evans, with the new Town chief seeing all of the club’s fledgling stars as key to his plans.

“They have (been offered new contracts), we are just waiting to close them off,” said Flitcroft.

“I want to meet all the young players and that’s the next part of what I am doing, seeing what they are prepared to do and prepared to commit to.

“If they want to follow the new rule and want to work hard, then they will be a part of what we are doing.

“I am desperate to meet the younger players and see what they have got in the locker.”