Boss on summer recruits and importance of the right targets at the right time…
By Matty Paddock - 14/06/2019
Posted 5 days ago
JOHN PEMBERTON says there will be no let-up in the search for new Harriers recruits this summer – but added patience may yet be the key.
Harriers have added two new players to their ranks for 2019/20 in the shape of Cliff Moyo and Richard Peniket.
More will follow in due course, but the gaffer has insisted that, for various reasons, nothing will be rushed.
As he looks to continue moulding and shaping his Aggborough crop for the term, Pemberton says there are plenty of factors – with not only clubs but players, too, choosing to bide their time.
“I’ve been in the game a long time, and you have to use your contacts,” the manager said.
“There are a lot of players that the club have looked at and are monitoring, and it’s about seeing what’s available – and we want the best that’s available.
“It’s making calls to get some lined up and where their situation is but, like a lot of clubs now, everyone will want to go and do pre-season with their own club, go in front of their own managers to see if they can get into the team – it’s no different.
“We’ll have to be patient, but we’ll monitor every situation of every player; we have a list of players that we’re interested in. We’ll see what’s available and bring the right ones in at the right time.”
“We’ll have to be patient, but we’ll monitor every situation of every player…” John Pemberton
So often it can be the case that a gem can arrive by virtue of a pre-season trial or a player who becomes available with the season almost upon us.
With those kinds of talent in mind, the boss is adamant it is important to keep some of your powder dry.
“You’d like your squad to be together very quickly so that you can do the work,” he added.
“But what you end up [finding] is that players who’re out of contract that feel, with all due respect, there might be a bigger move for them.
“As it starts to progress and the season starts to get closer, they might have to make some decisions – that’s where we can maybe step in and take players that, in June, we might think we’ve got no chance of getting.”
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