Huddersfield Town are still hot on the trail of new signings – including potential arrivals from Premier League clubs.
That’s the message from assistant manager Steve Thompson with Town’s Championship kick-off against Bournemouth just two weeks away.
Boss Mark Robins has so-far brought back Lee Peltier from Leeds United and goalkeeper Joe Murphy from Coventry City, but Thompson says a lot of work continues behind the scenes to further strengthen the squad.
“We are looking to add one or two different players, but they have to be of the right quality,” said Thompson, as Town prepare to take on Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on Saturday.
“The manager has been away this week, Steve Eyre has been watching matches and I’ve been watching matches and, in addition to that, we have been picking people’s brains among the agents and such like to try and get to a squad which, hopefully, will do the club justice.
“There might still be one or two surprises because the Premier League have not named their squads yet and they’ve gone off on tours.
“We are in at a lot of big clubs through our own different contacts and I have spoken to a lot of clubs this week.
“We have mentioned certain individuals and certain players and we’ve been promised first refusal on them should things work out that way.
“But first and foremost they have to be better than the lads we already have here to take the club forward and we won’t be getting players in simply for numbers.
“We don’t like mentioning squad players because, ideally, you want players who are going to go into the first-team straight away.”
Danny Ward (hamstring), Anthony Gerrard (calf) and Oscar Gobern (toe) will not be involved at Glanford Park, where keeper Murphy was a promotion winner.
Thompson added: “There’s always work going on behind the scenes on recruitment because you never stop looking and we have a fantastic chairman here who backs the manager.
“If we see a player we think is better than what we’ve got then I’m sure the chairman will give us the green light.
“In the meantime, we will keep working with all the lads we have, and I’ve been impressed with them, because they are constantly asking to do extra work and buying into the sessions we are putting on.
“We don’t want to neglect any of our young talent coming through and we want to push them up to the first team wherever possible and make them a full part of it.”
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