GRAHAM Alexander has called on his first signings as Fleetwood Town boss to repay the club’s investment in them.
Experienced goalkeeper David Lucas, a former team-mate of Alexander at Preston North End, signed in at Highbury on the first day of the transfer window alongside winger Gareth Evans, who arrived from Rotherham United, and Mozesh ‘Mozzi’ Gyorio.
All three are permanent deals, which are the sort of transfers Alexander prefers.
The Town manager said: “I prefer to sign people who have got an investment in the club. It means something to them when they come to the club, and they aren’t thinking about going back to a parent club.
“It’s about making sure there’s a link between the player doing well and the club doing well.
“As much as we can, we’ll get players in who are desperate to do well for Fleetwood and for themselves. That’s hopefully where we will take it. I’m not ruling out loan moves but if we can get people permanently it’s more beneficial for us.”
24-year-old Evans has been brought to Highbury as Alexander looks to add more width.
“We have probably only got one natural wide player at the club in Junior Brown,” the manager said.
“Damien Johnson did a fantastic job for us at Port Vale. He was absolutely brilliant. He’s experienced and his passing was excellent, but we need to add competition to certain areas and Gareth Evans gives us that. He’s a natural wide man.
“He wants to take people on and that adds to the attacking options we have got.”
Former Canada Under-20 international Gyorio, 23, is a gamble taken by Alexander after impressive trials.
“We call him Mozzi,” Alexander said. “He’s a central midfield player.
“He’s got good ability and great fitness, and he’s played at a good level (for Tampa Bay in the second tier of the US league).
“We’ve got him on a short-term contract to the end of the season to see if he can establish himself in English football.
“He’s shown us in the couple of weeks he’s been with us and in a reserve game that he’s more than worth that chance. The ball is in his court now to show he’s worth a place in English football.”
Lucas, 35, has joined permanently from Birmingham to become goalkeeping coach, besides providing competition for current stoppers Scott Davies and Chris Maxwell.
Alexander said: “We haven’t had a full-time goalkeeping coach and I think it’s massively important to have one at this level.
“David is also going to be a back-up keeper. He’s still itching to play himself, so he’s going to be pushing the keepers we have all the way. That’s what I want.
“He’s here to work every day with the young keepers, which they are desperate for him to do, and he’s there on the playing side as well.”
And Alexander is hoping his three new additions can help Town continue their excellent start under his management – Fleetwood remain unbeaten after five games, keeping clean sheets in four.
He said:”The option is there for all the new arrivals to play games and compete with the other boys for places in the squad and hopefully make us stronger.”