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QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

28 June 2016

Manager Graham Alexander revealed the Iron are continuing in their efforts to bring more new faces into the squad ahead of the new season.

Josh Morris has been the sole addition so far, and Alexander says everyone at the club is reading from the same page with the view of adding quality rather than quantity.

Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD: “We are obviously still looking to add quality to the squad, we’re not looking to add great numbers. I said that at the end of last season and I’ve also said it during the summer because I feel we have the core of a very good squad that can produce results at this level.

“I feel we still need an added ingredient in one or two other players, and we’re doing that work constantly to identify that player and then do the work in order to make him join Scunthorpe. However, it’s difficult because good players are either kept by other clubs or they’re in a small percentage.”

He reinforced his view of only adding someone who would improve the squad which he already has at his disposal, while also drawing attention to the fact that the club may have to wait for those right players to become available.

“We could have signed five or six players already, quite easily but we’re being strict with our quality control to make sure anyone we bring in is improving the group. If they don’t, then we won’t bring them in,” he said.

“What you’ll find is that players you don’t think are available now, might become available at the start of the season when they’re not in their team. So we might be able to add good quality players into our squad right up until the last couple of days of the window."

The 44-year-old stated there will be no need for panic if the players which are being earmarked are not possible to attain, as he already feels he has a quality selection to work with.

He stated: “We’re being patient, we’re making sure we get anyone who we feel will improve the group and that’s what it’s about. I’m not going to panic, the chairman and Jim (Rodwell) aren’t going to panic and bring in a player just because we haven’t done any business for a couple of weeks.

“So we have to make sure the other players know anyone coming through the door is a real contender for the team. We’ll constantly keep doing that work, so by the end of the window we’ve got the squad we feel is strong enough to win us a lot of games."

See much more from Graham Alexander and strength and conditioning coach Adam Hearn on The Iron PlayerHD.

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