Alexander: I’ll bide my time over Town signings

Town boss Graham Alexander
Town boss Graham Alexander
  • Town have made two first team signings
  • Alexander’s men return for training on July 1
  • Fleetwood need to strengthen in several areas
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Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander isn’t worrying too much about slow progress in the transfer market.

Town made an early start to their summer dealings with the capture of Declan McManus from Aberdeen and former Birmingham defender Amari’i Bell.

We have a certain budget. We have a certain profile of players (we want) and that narrows things down

Graham Alexander

However, recruitment has ground to a halt as Town compete for a limited pool of League One talent.

But Alexander isn’t overly concerned, despite Fleetwood’s squad returning for pre-season training in three weeks’ time.

He said: “We’re struggling to get hold of players or agents at the moment or we’re just waiting for people to make decisions.

“We know we need to strengthen because there are gaps in the squad.

“But with the route we are going down, we might have to wait a little longer to get everything in place. It might be that we’re into pre-season and still bringing people in.

“But I think people forget there’s always a lull at this time of year. Things will pick up and we will have a squad in place.”

Alexander made it clear Town were keeping their options open in terms of recruitment, despite having very strict criteria in place.

“We’re looking at players all the time – players who we are made to know are available, players mentioned to us by agents.

“It’s important we carry out due diligence, that we get our scouting right and that’s what we’ve done.

“We have a certain budget. We have a certain profile of players (we want) and that narrows things down.

“But it’s important we bring in players who are right for the football club.”

Town have a number of gaps in need of plugging. For instance, the departure of Mark Roberts has left Alexander light at centre-half.

Town also have problems down the left side, with only Danny Andrew and Amari’i Bell on the books, after Stephen Crainey and Josh Morris departed last month.

Alexander is also understood to be on the lookout for a holding midfielder and is still waiting to hear whether Gareth Evans will take up the offer of a new deal.

Fleetwood will be operating on a reduced wage bill for the 2015-16 season.

Instead they are looking to develop young talent at their new Poolfoot Farm training complex in Thornton.

Town have announced a pre-season fixtures against La Liga club Getafe.

The match will be at Highbury on Saturday July 31, kick off 3pm