Town boss Rosler ready to recruit again

Conor McAleny impressed for Fleetwood Town on Saturday
Conor McAleny impressed for Fleetwood Town on Saturday

Fleetwood Town could soon be the hub of pre-season activity with players moving in and others being sent out on loan.

Town’s head coach, Uwe Rosler, said he was still on the lookout for new recruits with the new season getting ever closer.

Speaking in the wake of the 2-0 friendly win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Rosler said: “We are on track, but, recruitment-wise, we are not finished.

“We are still looking for two positions and when we get them in that will allow us to get more players out on loan. That will then balance our squad.”

Rosler did not jump to any conclusions after the Bolton win and said: “I am not getting carried away - we are still not where we want to be.

“It was a good team performance against a very physical and strong side like Bolton.

“The new players have integrated well. You could see the work we have done over the past four weeks.

“It was a good workout under hot conditions; I liked that because it took more out of the players than it would have been had it been raining.”

Explaining the reason for fixing up a friendly with Bolton at this point, the Fleetwood boss said: “I chose them in particular to see how we could compete.

“We don’t have the tallest team or the oldest.

“We are one of the youngest teams in the league and probably playing against a physical, strong, experienced team like Bolton that can cause a problem.

“It was a very good lesson for us and we came out of it in a good way.”

Rosler says he is pleased to have got a full pre-season with his players as opposed to last season when he came right on the eve of the campaign.

He admitted: “Last year I didn’t have much influence in pre-season, more or less.

“We have got a lot of work done; the players we had last year came back in a very good shape.

“That indicates to me that they really mean business this season.

“We have not spoken about a target. It is too early. We will do that just before the season starts.”

Tuesday night sees Fleetwood travel to Prenton Park to take on a Tranmere Rovers side, managed by former Highbury boss Micky Mellon.

The Scot played a key part in steering Town into the Football League during his spell in charge from 2008 to 2012.

There are several former Fleetwood players on the Tranmere books, Scott Davies, Stephen McNulty, Andy Mangan and Jeff Hughes.

Fleetwood could make a number of changes.

Rosler said: “Players will get the chance to impress and others to get 90 minutes.”

Fleetwood man-of-the-match, Conor McAleny, made a favourable impression, rounding it all off with a splendid goal.

He said: “It worked out to be a good team performance. The goal was a bonus, but the lads should get the credit. We have been working hard in pre-season.

“We have been working on specific shapes with the gaffer and the way he wants to play .

“It’s all about getting sharper and working towards the start of the season, which I am looking forward to.”