Town still short on numbers

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Fleetwood Town still have a number of holes to plug in their squad with time running short before Graham Alexander’s men return to training.

The Town boss is working hard behind the scenes in his bid to get a number of deals over the line.

But Town’s tight budget is understood to be making life more difficult for those working to rebuild the Highbury squad before the first week of July.

Fleetwood remain light in a number of areas.

The club currently has no cover at centre-half .

Nathan Pond and Stephen Jordan both recently signed new deals but Fleetwood will need additional strength following the departure of skipper Mark Roberts, who recently joined League Two Cambridge United.

Town may also look to recruit a holding midfielder, having struggled to find a suitable man for the role last season.

Young gun Akil Wright – making a name for himself with Barry Nicholson’s development squad – might fancy a shot, having played a similar role with Ilkeston.

But Town are known to be looking to recruit some more experienced names, having so far limited their recruitment to unproven, up-and- coming talent.

They are understood to have missed out on former Dagenham and Redbridge skipper Abu Ogogo, who plumped for a move to newly promoted Shrewsbury Town, where former Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon is looking to make his mark in League One.

Town may also have to recruit on the right side of midfield.

Gareth Evans is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at Highbury, meaning Town are light on both the right and left flanks despite the recruitment of Amari’i Bell from Birmingham.

Town are yet to pay a transfer fee in their summer dealings.

Aberdeen failed to offer Declan McManus a new deal within the required timeframe, meaning Fleetwood do not have to pay compensation to the SPL club.

Former Fleetwood youngster Joe Burgess has signed for non-league Ilkeston, the defender having spent time on loan with the Robins last term.