Matt Oakley and Jamie Cureton set to leave Exeter City

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says the club will not re-sign top-scorer Jamie Cureton or midfielder Matt Oakley unless the club's finances improve.

Cureton, 37, netted 21 goals last season, making him League Two's second-highest scorer.

Oakley, 35, played 37 games for City before his season was ended by a shoulder injury in March.

"Should things change financially they're players I'll go back and talk to," Tisdale told BBC South West Sport.

Jamie Cureton and Matt Oakley

  • Played 1,280 Football League games between them
  • Played for 15 different clubs
  • Cureton has scored 247 goals compared to Oakley's 39

Oakley and Cureton joined on one-year deals last July, following loan spells in the previous season, with Cureton's wages being covered by a local law firm.

"There are no negotiations because I have no opportunity at present to be able to sign them," Tisdale said.

"If things change I'll be on the phone to them, but at the moment my priorities have been elsewhere with other players.

"But the summer's a long time and week-to-week things change so I wouldn't rule out us being able to call them at some point between now and August if they haven't signed somewhere else or done something different with their lives.

"But at the moment I can't negotiate if i don't have something to negotiate with."

But with Tisdale having already said that he will be forced to run with a lower budget due to a lack of transfer activity, he says his priorities are elsewhere.

"I need to keep a balance between keeping established players and the younger players," he added.

"Unfortunately this year is going to be particularly difficult and I've had to make some tough decisions."