Fleetwood boss in transfer push

Jimmy Ryan is one of Town's new recruits

Jimmy Ryan is one of Town's new recruits

  • Town have made three first team signings so far
  • Alexander’s men returned to traiinng on Wednesday
  • Boss told players more recruits are coming
  • Fleetwood fly to Germany next weekend
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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander is hoping to get more transfer deals over the line before his squad head for their pre-season tour to Germany.

Town fly out a week on Sunday for their annual continental camp - with friendly games set up against Borussia Dortmund B and Alemannia Aachen .

Alexander sees the week-long trip as a vital opportunity for his refreshed squad to bond and is keen to have new faces on board before jetting away.

He’s already told his players the squad is far from the finished article but remained tight lipped about Town’s potential targets.

“We spoke to the players on the first morning back,” Alexander told The Gazette.

“We told them there will be additions, hopefully through pre-season, which will help improve the squad.

Ideally we’d love to get some players in before we go away, just to get that group bedded down and looking well together

Graham Alexander

“It’s constantly ongoing, day in day out.

“We’re always taking calls, working hard.

“But we don’t do our business in public, tell people we’re after this player or that one. We’ll just keep working to get them over the line and announce it then.

“We’ve got a good base of a good squad but there are a couple of additions we want to make.”

And Alexander hinted the next seven days could be busy ones for Fleetwood, with time running out to get new faces on the plane.

The Fleetwood boss said: “Ideally we’d like them in before Germany.

“That week away, as I’ve said before, is important.

“We’ve seen in previous years it’s 24/7, staff and players around each other .

“There’s a lot of social time and it’s important to get that bond.

“Ideally we’d love to get some players in before we go away, just to get that group bedded down and looking well together.

“Then we can hit the pre-season games when we get back in the proper fashion.

“We’ve done it before, where we’ve brought players in after that.

“If it’s the same case this year then so be it, but ideally we’d like them in before them.”

Town have the core of their squad in place but need to add strength in depth in a number of key positions.

The departure of Mark Roberts leaves Alexander light at centre half.

He may also look for cover at full back and in the holding midfield position which Jimmy Ryan is expected to fill.

Fleetwood’s most urgent need may well in wide areas.

Josh Morris scuppered any hope of a return when he signed for Bradford City this week while former Bantam Gareth Evans still hasn’t put pen to paper on a new deal and was not seen at training.

Town’s pre-season kicks off at AFC Fylde next Thursday – kick off at Kellamergh Park is at 7.45pm.