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Micky hoping to be able to add to his squad this week

14 July 2014

Vale boss would like to add fresh faces before the weekend if possible

Micky Adams is hopeful he can add to his squad and ideally he is hoping to do just that before the weekend, when Vale face Alfreton Town.

Vale played out their opening pre-season friendly at Newcastle Town’s Aspire Stadium at the weekend with four trialists on show – not an ideal situation according to the Vale manager.

He told the press after the game: “I think we are a bit disjointed at the moment if I am being brutally honest, it’s not a good sign if you have to bring in so many trialists and look at players during this stage of the season.

“In an ideal world you would want to have your own players out there. We are looking at the way we play, the pattern and the shape of the side.

“Sometimes with so many trialists on board you don’t always get that.  I don’t really see this being an experiment that we can do for more than the Alfreton game next Saturday. After that we really need to tie players down.

“In an ideal world we would want to tie a few more players down between now and next Saturday if we possibly can.”

Whether that would be possible remains to be seen obviously the layer budget will play a big part in any decisions made, but Adams remains hopeful he and Chairman Norman Smurthwaite will be able to work something out.

Adams continued: “I have to sit down and have a chat with Norman and see how he is feeling.  If I get him in a good mood we might be able to do something – if I don’t then we have no chance!

“He is always open to suggestions, I know it is not a bottomless pit and I have to work within the constraints of the budget, but I think that we have two decent players there and it would be a shame if we missed out on them.

“Trialists want answers and they want to know whether they are going to be part of the plans because they are unemployed basically; they have to find a job. 

“In the cases of Michael O’Connor and Steven Jennings, they have offers elsewhere so we really have to act on what we have seen if we possibly can.”

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