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Darrell Clarke Wants to Add to His Squad - But is Happy to Bide His Time

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke has shared his views with the local press.
As the Saddlers continue to prepare for the start of the 2020/21 campaign, manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press and confirmed he is still looking to add numbers to his squad.

Clarke has already signed Bristol City duo George Nurse and Rory Holden - Nurse on a season-long loan whilst Holden joins on a permanent basis - and the Mansfield-born man is still hoping to add three or four new faces before the Transfer Window closes in October.

Despite still having positions to fill the manager was also keen to insist there are no new arrivals in the pipeline and is content to play the waiting game to make sure he lands the right players and doesn't just add to his squad for the sake of it.

The manager was able to retain the vast majority of his mid-table-finishing squad over the summer and is confident that, along with a number of prospects recently blooded into the team, his side is in a strong position heading into the new campaign.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "We had a massive turnover last summer. There were never going to be wholesale changes this year.

"We have given a lot of our young players a chance in pre-season, and we will be looking to strengthen the squad, and we certainly will be strengthening the squad.

"I know the positions we need to strengthen. It is a waiting game and that is the way we are working it to make sure we have the right players."

Clarke, who oversaw a mass squad overhaul after replacing Dean Keates in May 2019, believes things are on the up and last season's tough campaign will put his team in good stead as they look to hit the ground running over the next few weeks.

The gaffer continued; "The environment is spot on now, the way the lads train and conduct themselves. Now, as in every season, a manager has to win matches, so that will be the aim.

"I think a lot of clubs like ourselves the finances are very tight. There are a lot of us in the same boat, the same situation.

"We will see how things pan out but I feel like there is a good togetherness about the club. The players have a good spirit among them, and we are looking forward to it."
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