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Neil Aspin on summer recruitment

11 June 2018


Neil Aspin on summer recruitment

11 June 2018

Neil Aspin has already drafted in six new faces this summer as he looks to strengthen the squad at his disposal, but the Port Vale boss insists that he is still determined to make more acquisitions before pre-season gets under way.

Scott Brown, Luke Joyce, Brendon Daniels, Connell Rawlinson, Leon Legge and Manny Oyeleke have already made the move to Vale Park ahead of the 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two campaign, but Aspin remains a busy man as he seeks to get some more transfer targets over the line.

On recruitment so far, the manager said: "What I would like to do is to have the majority of players in place for when we start back for pre-season training, rather than preparing without the main players that I need.

"We have still got time to get players in and we know we need more. I have to get more people here that can score goals and that is what I will be trying to do over the next few weeks, but certainly by the time we report back on the 28th of June, I would like to have as many in place as possible.

"You only go on holiday in terms of leaving the country or getting away from where you live, but you don't have a holiday as such because there hasn't been a day where I haven't taken a phone call or been discussing things with players. 

"That has continued over the last couple of weeks, and we are at a stage now where I am expecting something to happen in the next two weeks. I won't reveal names, but all I can say is that I am confident that we are making progress and we should be making some signings soon."

Aspin has also reiterated how important it is to sign the correct characters to ensure there is a strong team bond and togetherness in the group, and the players will spend some time together in Dublin during pre-season to aid their cohesion.

With everyone connected to the club eager to improve on last season's finish, the manager believes that having a closely knit team could prove to be a decisive factor in whether or not the Valiants achieve success. He also admits that he is looking for the right balance of experience and youth. 

"The players will have to work hard, but they need to bond as well because the key to having any success next season will be having a good dressing room," he said.

"What you need to have is a good team spirit and players who get on well. You need to have lads who will work hard for each other and the club, and if you can get that, it gives you a much better chance.

"They will have to fight for one another all season, so you hope that spending a bit of time away will help with that process."

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