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Alexander on 2017-18 recruitment drive

14 May 2017

Iron manager Graham Alexander says the most important thing is to bring in the right players, as United gear up for the 2017-18 season.

His side finished third in League One but were edged out of the play-offs by Millwall at the semi-final stage.

However, after taking stock for a couple of days and then finalising his retained list, Alexander and his staff plan to strengthen the squad over the coming weeks and months.

Alexander told The Iron PlayerHD: “We’re an ambitious club, we’re positive, we play good football, attack, score goals and win games. For any player to be part of that is a big selling point. Hopefully we can get the players we feel can help us improve.

“The most important thing is we bring in the right players. We won’t rush into things we don’t feel are the right things to do. It’s important we get the right abilities and right character - they have to fit into what we do here as a group. There’s a lot of work. It’s not just a case of throwing the net out there and grabbing any player. Ideally we want them before the start of the season, but we will be patient and work extremely hard as a club to get in the right players.

“If I was a player being approached, I’d look and say this is a team on the up. We’ve improved every season over the past four years and the ambition by everybody here is to be successful.

“It’s an exciting time, as you go into the later summer when the deals tend to get done. When pre-season starts there will be a few new faces, which will freshen up everybody. Players will get a boost from that, they did last year when we signed Josh Morris, Sam Mantom and Duane Holmes, and we’re looking to do the same this summer.”

Assessing the season just gone, he added: “Apart from the end, it’s been a really enjoyable season for me, the staff and the players.

“If you analyse it in the cold light of day, we’ve won a lot of games and we hope to do that next year too.

“It was really unfortunate at the last hurdle, but we go into the season positive with a strong sense of ambition and will try and be successful again.”

See a 15-minute chat with manager Graham Alexander on The Iron PlayerHD.

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