Graham Alexander is keen to hunt down free transfer bargains as he looks to strengthen his Fleetwood Town squad.
Town’s rebuilding work began at the start of this week with the signing of Matty Blair – the winger choosing not to extend his stay at York City.
And the Fleetwood boss believes it makes good business sense to look at more free transfers as he looks to stamp his own mark on the Fleetwood team
“We’re looking at the lads we can get in for free at the moment because that’s the common sense thing to do,” said Alexander.
“We’ll look at the players who are out of contract because often you can bring in a better quality of player – you’re able to spend a little more on wages because you’re not paying a fee.
“If we can’t get the players in the positions we want then we’ll look at other avenues where a fee might be involved.
“But there’s a big pool of players available.”
Alexander believes he will be helped by the shorter contracts often handed to players in League One and Two.
He said: “Even going back to my playing days there weren’t a lot of three year deals in these leagues.
“At the very top those kinds of contracts protect a big investment.
“In this division you might get a lad on a one year with clauses.
“That means there are players out of contract this summer not because they are bad players but because they might want to move on, to better themselves.
“That’s where we can take advantage.”
>> For the full interview with Graham Alexander see Friday’s Gazette