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Murray coy on transfer targets

9 January 2014

Assistant Manager Adam Murray has hinted that we may look to sign some young players during the transfer window.

Our second in command wouldn’t be drawn on any particular names, but he insists anyone that we do sign must fit in with the team-spirit that we have at the club.

Murray said: “I think people are aware that there are talks going on with players. Fresh new faces have appeared over the last couple of days, but we don’t want to go into too much detail.

“There are some good players around. The good thing is that you even look at some of the younger players at Premier League or Championship teams, and the standard of football has gone up dramatically.

“You look at players like Darryl Westlake who have had that experience of playing in the Football League, and they make a big difference to your team.

“There are a lot of undiscovered gems out there and it’s about picking the right ones out, who are going to bring strengths to our team.”

He continued: “There’s a lot of talking going on, but nothing is concrete yet.

“The gaffer went to watch a game yesterday to run his eye over one or two [potential new players], so things are still in the talking process at the minute.

“I know that at times like this, fans in the outside world want to see movement quickly, but it’s a patience game as we don’t want to bring someone in that isn’t going to fit into the group.

“We’ve got a good spirit in the group, so to bring someone in for the sake of doing so wouldn’t be the right thing to do.”

“Over time things have shown that we are missing an ‘x factor’ in key areas that maybe makes a difference in tight games, but the big thing is bringing the right player in.”

When asked if we would sign any new players before Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match with Scunthorpe United, Murray replied: “I wouldn’t like to say to be honest. 

“We all know in this crazy game that an hour is a long time, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

However, one player who has returned to One Call Stadium in the last 24 hours is full-back Darryl Westlake.

The 22-year-old has extended his loan spell from Sheffield United until the end of the campaign, and our assistant manager is pleased we have secured his services. 

Murray added: “He showed what he was about [in his initial loan spell] and he’s been a big improvement to our team and to our squad, not just on the pitch, but off it too.

“He’s a great lad and built into the team spirit that we have, so to capture him for the rest of the season is big for us.

“With Darryl, you see an extra ‘x factor’ what Football League experience gives you. He’s a very intelligent player, as well as having great ability.”


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