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Listen again: Graham Alexander on Sports Talk

26 May 2017

Iron manager Graham Alexander featured as a live guest during the final 10 minutes of Thursday night's BBC Radio Humberside Sports Talk programme.

Supporters are able to listen again to the show by clicking here, from around 50 minutes in.

Below is a transcript of what the manager had to say to the station’s Scunthorpe United reporter Mike White.

ON THE SUMMER SO FAR...
GA: The early part of the summer has been good. Obviously, it's not a break as such with the work still continuing, first at the ground and then making sure things are in place for when the players come back in during June. We're also trying to get the recruitment right - there's no timetable for that really as you're at the whim of players and agents. Plus the season hasn't finished yet (for some clubs) so we have to remember that as it's difficult.

RECOVERING FROM THE MILLWALL PLAY-OFF LOSS...
GA:
You have to get over it, life goes on. Nothing will take that away, only future success. The processes we are going through now are planning for future success. There are a few days of sulking, I'm not going to lie, but you have to go through that little period. A lot of things happen in the game and life which you don't want but have to kick-on and look forward.

ON LUKE DANIELS SIGNING FOR BRENTFORD...
GA:
I wasn't massively surprised to see him leave. We had a couple of players out of contract coming towards the summer and, because they knew the situation earlier that we would be waiting until the summer, I'm guessing their agents would have been doing the work that you expect. They would have other options lined up, as well as the option to stay and it's always the player's prerogative to stay or leave. They have to weigh up everything (the football side, the financial side, and location), then make a decision that seems best for them. Luke is a good goalkeeper, something no-one has denied, and that shows in him getting his move to Brentford.

ON THE GOALKEEPING SITUATION...
GA:
I had always prepared for losing both keepers. I was well aware we could lose Luke but I still felt with bringing Rory (Watson) in we would have to recruit a goalkeeper. The decision on Joe (Anyon) has no bearing on Luke's position. We have been looking at goalkeepers for a number of months because of the contract situation. We have to prepare, just as the players do, for the decision going either way. You are constantly scouting anyway and you have your network and database of players to look at. But you don't know their situation until the end of the season - we didn't know what division we were going to be in and players are still playing for their clubs. It's still early days in the summer so we have done our recruitment analysis, but it's about getting the right players in now.

ON WHEN THE FIRST SIGNING COULD HAPPEN...
GA: You are at the whim of players and their agents. If we had wanted to sign ten players, we could have done by now. There are plenty of players available but we have to show a bit of patience, a bit of diligence and try to get the right ones for us. You can look around the country - some clubs have signed lots of players, some have signed nobody. It's about how you want to go about it. We want to be selective in our recruitment, we want to try and get the best players we can but there are lots of factors to consider. You have to wait for the players and agents to make their decisions.

ON HOW MANY PLAYERS HE'D LOOK TO SIGN...
GA:
I thought we had a good-sized squad last season but there were players who didn't have the opportunity they would have liked. We are definitely looking for at least five players. But you go into pre-season and you have to look at how players come in. Also, you can see if young players step up to the challenge, and make decisions there. We are obviously looking to fill some important positions where we have either no or little cover and we will be trying to target those first. Then we'll add to the squad as we see fit.

ON WHETHER EXISTING PLAYERS COULD MOVE ON...
GA: I don't know at this stage. We haven't had any bids for any players, but we've had enquiries about a few of our players which you'd expect. There are players who people think might be available because they didn't play much last season. We also get enquiries about contracted players and we do the same with contracted players, it's how the game works. But for me to sit here and say 'no, everyone who we have got will stay' would be wrong. But we have no indications now if any players will go and who they will be.

ON BEING SPOTTED WATCHING GLASGOW RANGERS LAST WEEK, AND MATT CROOKS...
GA: I was up there watching the game with Chris (Lucketti). I supported Rangers as a kid so it was good to go up. That wasn't the only reason as I was obviously on a little mission to chat to somebody and have a look at someone. Crooksy came into that equation and we've spoken with Rangers to try and find out his situation. It's a bit difficult at the moment as he's still injured from his time with us so we are waiting on information coming back from them on what his situation is. They obviously have got a new manager who hasn't seen him play, so there is a little bit of a waiting game going on with us to see what they want to do with him.


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