STAN TERNENT today underlined why he’ll continue to search throughout this month for players to strengthen the Town squad.
As he prepares to tackle Championship Sheffield United at the Galpharm tomorrow (Noon) and then Arsenal in the centenary celebration match on Wednesday (7.00), the manager is still searching for the right balance among his playing staff and has not been satisfied with performances so far.
He wants to add more quality and experience to maintain competition for places and to bring the best out of the talented group he retained from Andy Ritchie and Gerry Murphy at the end of last season.
“I am still looking to add to what we’ve got in terms of quality and experience so that we get competition and the best out of everyone,” said Ternent.
“We have got some quality players at this club, no doubt about it, but for whatever reason they haven’t produced what everyone has wanted in recent seasons.
“Whether they haven’t played to their potential or they’ve just been under-achieving, whichever way you look at it the final position hasn’t been acceptable in terms of the ambition of this club.
“Everybody wants to get promotion, but it’s not just as easy as that.
“A lot of managers have had teams a lot longer than I have here and they are a bit further down the line than we are, which is why I’m continuing to work at bringing in better players.
“The quality players we’ve got here have got to get their heads down and start performing in games.
“They’ve got to know how to win and, before that, they’ve got to know how not to lose.
“We’ll be okay when the penny drops about exactly what I want from them and the way I want us to play – and it will be good to get on our own pitch tomorrow and see how we go in what will be a very good test.”
Ternent revealed there could be ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ with regard to his next transfer target, but is keeping his identity under wraps until the deal is signed and sealed.
He has already brought in Keigan Parker, Jim Goodwin, Michael Flynn, Andy Butler, Gary Roberts and skipper Chris Lucketti, all of whom are expected to figure at some stage tomorrow.