SIMON GRAYSON says there are still areas in which he wants to strengthen his Huddersfield Town squad, with an experienced holding midfielder high on his wanted list.
The Galpharm manager was keen to keep Damien Johnson, but the former Birmingham and Plymouth man rejected a Town contract to move to Football League new boys Fleetwood.
And he pursued Republic of Ireland pair Keith Andrews and Paul Green, only for them to move to Championship rivals Bolton and Leeds respectively.
Grayson’s recruitment drive has so far resulted in five new arrivals, including midfielders Adam Clayton, from his old club Leeds, and Oliver Norwood, from Manchester United.
Scott Arfield, Oscar Gobern, Antony Kay and Anton Robinson provide further options but it seems Grayson is still scouring the market.
“I’m really happy with the lads we’ve brought in (also on board are defenders Paul Dixon (Dundee United) and Joel Lynch (Nottingham Forest) as well as Crystal Palace frontman Sean Scannell),” said Grayson, whose players have a week of double training sessions ahead of Saturday’s opening friendly at non-league Guiseley.
“The squad is getting a nice balance, but there are still one or two areas we’re looking at, and conversations with players, agents and clubs are ongoing.
“But they have to be the right characters, because we want to maintain the team spirit which has been a big part of our success.”
Town, who are monitoring the situation of Leeds striker Ross McCormack, who has been linked with a string of Championship clubs, are said to be vying with the Elland Road club for the signature of Lee Peltier.
The Leicester right-back had two seasons with Town before moving to the Foxes for a reported £750,000 last summer.