MICKY Mellon’s message to Fleetwood Town fans is that they may have to be patient as the club ventures into the unknown bidding to bring in new players for a Football League campaign.
Town acted fast in the transfer market last summer, bringing in eight new players in time for the start of pre-season training.
And although Mellon would love to do the same again, he acknowledges that Town have entered a far trickier arena for transfer negotiating, one in which players and their agents may look to keep their options open for longer.
Mellon told The Gazette: “I don’t think it will be as clean cut as last season with signings because it’s a bit different in theLeague.
“It’s very early days and I think we are in the shadow-boxing phase at the moment. There will a lot of jostling between clubs, players and their agents.”
That doesn’t mean Fleetwood have been biding their time when it comes to identifying and pursuing targets.
Indeed, Mellon confirmed: “We know the positions we are looking to strengthen and we have a list of people we would like to sign.
“We have spoken to most of them. You have to be on the front foot but it is complicated by the fact that some of them are still under contract and don’t become free agents until the end of June. We are working hard to try to get things moving but it is still very early.”
Having released nine players last week, Mellon confirmed that Town would be looking to plug the gaps by signing a similar number.
He added: “Yes, I’d be looking to go with a squad of 22 or 23 again, like last season. But that could mean bringing in more than nine because we aren’t sure yet that all the players we want to keep from last season will stay.
“There are some players out of contract who we still have to speak to about new ones.”
It all seems to add up to a close-season almost as hectic as the season itself for Mellon, who added: “There’s plenty to do and it never really stops.”