Alexander keen to do brisk business

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander insists he’ll move quickly to finish the job of strengthening his squad ahead of the new campaign.

Town brought in an experienced midfielder – in the form of former Blackpool man Keith Southern and are understood to be closing in on a striker to fill the void left by Jon Parkin.

They have also strengthened at left back with the addition of Daniel Andrew.

And Alexander, who led Fleetwood to promotion through the play-offs last season made it clear he won’t leave it until the last minute to get his squad in place.

He told The Gazette: “There’s plenty going on.

“We’ve identified our targets, the positions we feel we need to strengthen.

“There have been a lot of phone calls made.

“It might have seemed a little quiet.

“But we’re keen to get our business done early.

“We want to have the squad in place as soon as possible.”

But Alexander still insists the majority of the team who got Fleetwood out of League Two will be given their chance.

He said: “There’s no major rebuild going on this summer.

“We’ve got to make a tweek here and a tweek there.

“It’s not a huge job, it’s not major surgery.

“We had a good squad in place last season and it’s just a case of adding three or four bodies to that.”

Town revealed their second summer capture on Friday when Southern returned to the Fylde coast.

The 33-year-old is likely to take up the holding role left vacant by Alan Goodall who was released, along with Parkin, earlier this month.

Alexander has one loose end to tie up with his existing squad.

It is hoped right-back Conor McLaughlin will put pen to paper on a new deal early this week – despite interest from other clubs.

Bristol City were reported to be interested in the Northern Ireland international.

But it is understood he is likely to pledge his future to the Highbury club.

Another major boost for Fleetwood came last week in the news Jeff Hughes is likely to be fit for the season opener against Crewe Alexandra on August 9. Hughes hasn’t played a game for Fleetwood since January after breaking his leg in a League Two clash with Hartlepool.