Rebuilding work far from finished

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander insists he’s not finished yet as he looks to rebuild Fleetwood Town’s squad ahead of the new campaign.

Town moved quickly in the transfer market to secure the services of Matty Blair, Steven Schumacher, Jeff Hughes and Liam Hogan.

But the manager was keen to point out his mission is far from complete – with the centre of defence now the focus of his efforts.

He said: “We’ve been left with some options at centre half.

“We’ve got Nathan Pond and Alan Goodall who can both play in there and Liam Hogan can drop inside too.

“But we do have to strengthen. We’re looking for an experienced type, a really commanding centre half.

“That what we want to bring to the football club, somebody who is going to help us keep those important clean sheets.”

Alexander, along with his assistant Chris Lucketti have been travelling the length and breadth of the country in preparation for their summer spending – an effort they hope will pay off in the long run.

“We’ve got a few names in our minds,” admitted Alexander.

“We’ve got irons in the fire.

“It’s just now about getting out there and making sure we bring in the players we want.

“At this time of year it is very difficult because everything is in the hands of the players and their agents.

“You can go out there and make offers.

“But the players we are looking at are going to be getting offers from other clubs as well.

“It’s up to them to make the decision.

“That’s just what is going to happen with the type of player we are looking to bring into Fleetwood Town.”

Alexander has already indicated he would prefer to bring new players into Highbury without the need to pay a fee – Schumacher the only purchase made by Town so far.

But he knows he will have the backing of his chairman and chief executive should the need to splash the cash arise.

Chief Executive Steve Curwood told The Gazette the club was working hard to help Alexander and Lucketti put their new-look squad together.

He said: “It’s been a very busy few weeks with meetings taking place and deals being done.

“Graham’s been out and about speaking to a lot of players and it’s played a big part in what we have already achieved.

“He’s attracted players to the club.

“They have bought into what he’s doing, his philosophy and professionalism and we’ve just had to make sure we sort out the right contracts for those players.

“We’ve managed, so far, to get in everybody we wanted to.

“It’s not finished yet, there are still one or two which will be coming out over the next couple of weeks with regard to central positions and the centre of defence.

“That’s a key one – and one we’re determined to get right.

“I think we’re going to end up with a very competitive team.

“It will be a much smaller unit. We’re looking to be carrying a squad of around the 24 mark.”