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Quality Not Quantity - BBM

21 June 2019

Manager Brian Barry-Murphy says specific players have been identify for specific roles, as work continues behind the scenes to bolster the squad ahead of the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

Speaking on Thursday, he said: “There are different trends every summer and this year has been really slow in terms of players becoming available.

“It has been a slow summer, generally in the market, but it is one that we’re very comfortable with.

“I’m conscious of the fact that we want to add quality not quantity and not have large numbers of players. There are specific players that we’ve identified for specific roles and I’m confident that will bode well for our season ahead.

“As I said previously, at the end of the season, we have a core group of players that keep us in a very strong position. We’re looking to add specific types of players to that squad to complement it in the areas where we feel that we need additions, because, generally, we’re very, very happy with the group of players that we have at our disposal.”

BBM says he has identified both permanent deals and loan additions.  

“Our use of the loan market during the second half of last season was very, very good, and we showed the clubs that we took loan players from what we could do and what ways we could benefit their players in our environment.

“I’m very keen not to add loan players for the sake it, but for them to have specific roles, so that they can come in and be an integral part of the squad rather than just being squad members for the sake of it.

“We’re very conscious of continuing that trend and adding players on permanent deals.”

And Barry-Murphy says we are now approaching the point in close season when those out of contract players who have been offered new deals will make a decision.

“You’ll find that players at all clubs [who are out of contract but have been offered new deals] are at the stage now where they either stay at the club or move on. Those days are imminent, so you’ll have a clear idea next week of who will be in our squad and who won’t be from a permanent point of view.”


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