Yes... I think that was a big factor in Paul Hall only being offered 1 year... Little did and still does think we will get promotion... and what would be the point in Hall sitting in our reserves next year if we did get promotion.
Think the Paul Hall decision was a very hard one to be fair. It would not have been sensible to offer Hall the 2-year contract he was offered by Chesterfield because of his age, and the chairman/manager were thinking that. It would have been a big gamble.
It is probably the hardest decision that Little has had to make since joining us as manager, and one I ultimately think he got right.
You may come back and say "but he's playing well at Chesterfield," but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Remember that Jackson only came here because we offered him 2 years whereas his original club PNE only offered him 1 year. Exactly the same with Hall.
I think another reason for offering him 1 year was that Little expects us to get promotion and so Paul Hall would be sitting in the reserves every week if we were in the Championship next season and so his wages would be wasted.