Manager Keith Hill on recruitment…
“I’m very mindful that I want to recruit in the key areas of the pitch – goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and in the forward area,” Hill told Dale PlayerHD.
“It’s just a question of time and when I get the opportunity to recruit better than what we’ve got.
“There’s no point in me scouring the market for players who I think could be better than what we’ve got now. They have to be better than what we’ve got now.
“It’s becoming increasingly difficult. There seems to be more and more money being spent by League 1 football clubs and players’ demands go up. It’s very, very difficult to get players at this football club to improve us for less money than we paid the players who were released. But that’s the cycle that we’re in and that’s the cycle that we’ll continue to operate under.
“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to improve our squad with players who have been released by other football clubs, because the players who have worked for us over the last three seasons have increased standards beyond the pay packet that they get. It’s as simple as that.”
He continued: “I’m not overly in a rush to recruit because I feel as though we’ve got a 14 or 15 man squad that is more than capable enough to compete in League 1. I don’t want rush and make the wrong decision and have to recruit again. And I can’t recruit again because of the emergency loan window closing.
“So I’m looking for four quality players and if they’re not in the building now then there will be a recycle of players over the next three of four weeks, and probably over the next eight weeks as we approach the end of August, because I believe a lot of Premier League and Championship clubs will be holding their cards close to their chest when it comes to the loaning out of players.
“As we progress closer to the end of August, there might be a change in the market with respect to those loan players being made available.”
The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.