New Town signing product of scouting network

Stewart Murdoch in action against Leeds
Stewart Murdoch in action against Leeds

Graham Alexander says the signing of Scottish midfielder Stewart Murdoch is the product of the club’s scouting network.

Fleetwood employ a number of talent-spotters based all over the UK, who provide feedback on potential finds.

The 23-year-old midfielder became the club’s fifth signing of the summer on Friday, when he joined from Scottish side Falkirk.

And Alexander explained: “We haven’t actually got a Scottish-based scouting network but we have established contacts all over England and Scotland now,” he explained.

“These are people who I know from my time in the game and can trust their judgment.

“Once we are alerted to potential signings our chief scout goes to watch, and eventually I go to watch myself.

“It’s important that we do our homework on a player extensively to make sure we’ve got the right lad.

“In Stewart’s case, we were up against SPL clubs (for his signature) but he wanted to come to Fleetwood. I’m really excited by him.”

Alexander is going into his first full season as a manager, but after playing more than 1,000 Football League games he knows exactly what he wants from his players.

And that’s why he always considers it important to go and see a potential signing at first hand.

He said: “I always like to see a player myself before bringing him in.

“It’s not always possible to do that, but if the chance comes to look at someone I always like to do it.

“You have to do as much work as possible before you sign a player.

“You don’t want to bring players in who aren’t better than the ones you already have.

“We trust the people who work for us and our contacts, but it’s always best to have a look yourself.

“There’s nothing better than your own eyes and judgment.”

Fleetwood’s players report in for pre-season training next Monday.

Alexander is hoping to add at least one more player to his squad before they fly out for their alpine training camp in Austria next month.