Holloway: Don’t panic about lack of signings

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IAN Holloway has told Blackpool fans not to fret about the lack of summer signings.

Only 18-year-old defender Jake Caprice has arrived at Bloomfield Road during what has, so far, been a very quiet summer.

The Pool boss is under no real pressure to add to his squad, as all the players who contested last season’s play-offer – except for Stephen Dobbie, who has returned to parent club Swansea – are still at the club.

That hasn’t prevented fans’ internet messageboards being filled with concerns over the lack of deals being done, but Holloway has told them it’s all under control.

He said: “Don’t worry that we haven’t signed anyone yet. There are all sorts of options that we have, I’m just being very careful who we sign.”

“We don’t need that many, and rather than the shotgun approach we used last summer, we are going to be very selective.

“I’ve got some very good sources this season of people with knowledge that we now have on board at the club. The core of the players we have means we don’t need much.

“The transfer market is a bit like the housing market at the moment – there’s lots out there, but you have to be careful to take your time and pick the one you want.”

Pool are in Portugal at their warm weather training camp.

The squad are being put through their paces during three sessions a day.

Holloway says the atmosphere is as good as he’s ever known it, something he has to consider when adding players.

“It’s very difficult to improve on our lads,” he said. “If we add the wrong players to this squad, they’ll just end up being moved on, and back out. We had that a little bit last season. I don’t want that this season.

“We have to bring people in who can help us straight away, or put into a development squad so they are ready this time next year.

“The atmosphere in the place is really good.

“We haven’t got the problem this year of having to change lots of players.

“We had a very successful year that ended in bitter upset, but you can’t see any of that at the moment.”