Town in talks over new signings after Gardner departure

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Neil Aspin says Town are in talks to bring in some fresh faces after the departure of Dan Gardner.

The Town boss confirmed the club had submitted bids for two players after Gardner’s move to Chesterfield last week.

He said: “We’re trying to bring players in. We’ve made a couple of bids for players and they’re at the negotiating stage.

“To bring players in is not easy even if you’ve got money to spend.

“We are working hard, we need to bring in a couple of new faces.

“We’ve had lads from other clubs who are going to return to their clubs so we’re going to be a little short on numbers but there’s no panic.

“I want the club to keep pushing forward, we want to get better.

Aspin paid tribute to Gardner, who signed an 18-month contract at Chesterfield, and said the deal was preferable to losing the midfielder on a free transfer in the summer.

He said: “He’s been a good player for me and he’s got great ability, helped us get promotion and helped us this season with the goals he’s scored.

“I think he’d be the first to admit he’s not been at his best this season but the lad has got ability.

“The unfortunate thing for us is that his contract was due to run out in the summer and ever since he got an agent, he’s been pushing for him to move Dan on.

“When you get to this situation where a player’s got four months of his contract left you either have to keep him at the club and then he leaves for nothing, a bit like Liam Hogan, or the club decide that if it’s a good offer they have to take it.

“To be fair to Dan, it’s a good opportunity for him. I think he’d have been very frustrated if he’d been at the club and his chance of a move had gone because he wanted to go full-time.

“He’s got a chance to earn considerably more money than he’s earning here and it gives him a chance to push on.

“It’s disappointing to lose a good player but that’s the way football is and we can’t do anything about it.

“I wish Dan all the best and I really hope with full-time training that he can really develop.

“I think that’ll give him the opportunity to get fitter, he’ll be training every day so he can adapt to the formations they want and he can benefit from that.

“If they get him doing all the right things then he’ll be a big asset for them.”