STAN TERNENT confirmed today he still has more signings up his sleeve.
The Galpharm boss has recruited six new players with the £250,000 capture of winger Gary Roberts from Ipswich.
And he has three players on trial in goalkeeper Paul Gerrard, midfielder Tony Grant and ex-England defender David Unsworth.
Ternent is planning to use the whole of the transfer window to the end of August if necessary to shape a squad which can challenge in League I, and he’s far from ready to end the strengthening process.
“As things stand I would ideally like to bring in a few more,” said the manager.
“In an ideal world and if I was being really, really greedy – including loans with a view to a possible deal – I would like to bring in another five, possibly six players.”
Town drew 1-1 at Bury, put eight past AFC Emley and then lost twice in the Hartlepool Tournament to Hamilton Academical and the hosts.
They have a behind-closed-doors match tomorrow and then entertain Sheffield United at the Galpharm on Saturday (noon) before planning for the Centenary celebration match against Arsenal a week tomorrow (7.00).
“The thing is, when you take over at a club and go into pre-season games, the sides you play have invariably had a manager for some time and they have a shape and a balance and are in front of you in development.
“That’s one of the things why you need your players in to work with them, but it’s no good just going and buying what I would consider to be a second best.
“I need to wait until I can get exactly what I want, but what happens then is that I could do with them on the training ground working on our shapes and balances and what we are expecting of them in terms of the team and the workrate.
“But I’ve made six signings already and with the squad of players I’ve got, once they understand where I’m coming from, then I’m sure we’ll be okay.”
Ternents signings so far have been Jim Goodwin, Michael Flynn, Andy Butler, Chris Lucketti, Keigan Parker and Roberts.
The latter joined the squad for the pre-season photocall yesterday after completing his two-year contract.