Shaka Shaker

David James' arrival has cast obvious doubts over the future of former number one Shaka Hislop, who had it tough at times last season after returning from a broken leg the previous campaign. And what of the other keepers at the club?

Manager Glenn Roeder had two meetings with the first team squad during the course of the first day back in pre-season training - but his only one-on-one meeting was with the unsettled Trinidadian.

Says Glenn: 'I spoke to Shaka at lunchtime - I felt it was only right to do that - and his reaction was very much how I thought it would be. He's a very decent human being but he was still disappointed, although he understands and accepts my decision to sign David.

'Shaka will think about things over the next few weeks. He says he doesn't want to rock the boat and I don't think he will.

'I'm hopeful - and this is selfish of me - that Shaka will stay. He has got one year left on his contract and if he stays, with David as No.1 and Shaka as No.2, I'll be an extremely lucky person.

'If Shaka wants to leave, then we'll cross that bridge when, and if, we come to it. But knowing Shaka the way I do, I don't think he'll be making any hasty decisions.

'As he told me, he wants to crack on with pre-season training, get himself fit and see where that goes.

'He's had a couple of tremendous years here but, by his own high standards, he didn't do as well as he possibly could last season.'

So where does this also leave England Under-21 international keeper Stephen Bywater, who has plenty of promise but still lacks regular first team experience?

Glenn continues: 'We've already had several clubs asking about him going out on loan to them for the season, with us having the ability to get him back here on an instant recall basis in the event of an emergency.

'It's just what Stephen needs. And if that happens, I'll still be left with three keepers - David, hopefully Shaka and Craig Forrest.'