Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell is looking for “two or three” key signings this summer.
That’s assuming he can agree to keep out-of-contract duo Oscar Gobern and Ishmael Miller in his John Smith’s Stadium squad for the 2015-16 Championship campaign.
Powell confirmed talks are starting with representatives of midfielder Gobern and striker Miller as the squad met for the final time before the close-season break.
Town have trimmed their squad this term with the likes of Oliver Norwood, Danny Ward, Jon Stead, Anthony Gerrard, Martin Paterson, Lee Peltier, Jordan Sinnott and Matt Crooks moving on while Jacob Butterfield, Mark Hudson and Conor Coady have come in to make very favourable impressions.
New signings can provide impetus
“I don’t think we will re-sign as many as we have lost, but maybe another two or three (if Gobern and Miller stay),” said Powell.
“Supporters always want to see it and, as a manager, you do it because it gives fresh impetus to the group and, hopefully, more quality.
“We definitely have quality here but you are always looking to improve where you can and it’s always exciting when fans see a few new names – especially one or two they can get excited by.
“You have to try and balance it – sometimes you try and get one or two people you know and then you might try one or two from lower down, players who can progress and grow with you.
“That’s what I’m looking at and hopefully these lads (Gobern and Miller) will re-sign and then there’s scope to get two or three more.”
Powell added: “Dean (Hoyle, the chairman) wants me to build on what we have done this year and we know that will happen with some tweaking in-house – like we’ve done with people like Oscar Gobern and Sean Scannell – and adding some quality that can play at this level.”