Aspin on the lookout for reinforcements

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Town boss Neil Aspin says he’s still a few players short of the squad he wants ahead of the club’s assault on the Conference Premier.

Aspin said a handful of new players have already been signed, but that the core of last season’s promotion-winning squad will remain intact.

The Town chief says he is hoping to have made further progress in the transfer market by the time the Shaymen return to pre-season training at the end of the month.

He said: “We’ve signed a few but we still need to make more signings.

“We need to have a squad of 18 or 19 players at the club and we’re still a few short of that.

“A couple of players have been let go and we’ve made quite a few changes from last season but we’re still keeping the nucleus of the squad.

“There are certain positions we still need to strengthen. I’m confident by the time we get back to pre-season we’ll be further down the line.

“We’re trying to get the players we want but we’ve got to work within a budget.

“Some clubs will be able to attract top players and we aren’t going to be at that level.”

Town are reported to have agreed a deal for former forward Kevin Holsgrove, but no signings have been confirmed by the club so far, while captain Danny Lowe, midfielder Sean Williams and striker Alex Johnson have all agreed new deals at the Shay.

Aspin says preserving the team spirit that was crucial in carrying Town to promotion last season is vital, and that personality is a deciding factor on potential recruits as well as ability.

He said: “If you’re going to be successful you must have a team spirit. - that’s essential.

“It’s very important which players come into the club

“Every player that’s brought in needs to fit in and it’s important they give their all for the supporters.

“They need to be capable of playing at this level but they have to have the right desire and attitude.”

Aspin admitted the off-season scramble for players isn’t a particularly enjoyable experience, and the involvement of agents can delay deals being completed.

He added: “It’s been a difficult time. You come straight off one season finishing then you’re trying to prepare for the next one.

“You’ve got your existing players to sign on and new players.

“It’s very time consuming and not really very enjoyable to be honest.

“As you go higher up the leagues, you get more and more agents and that makes transfers longer and more protracted.”