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Hurst on the prospect of further additions

7 June 2019

Two weeks after the return of Andy Butler to Glanford Park, Iron manager Paul Hurst is hoping to add further newcomers to his squad ahead of the return for pre-season training later this month.

Experienced centre-back Butler was Hurst’s first addition since taking over as boss, rejoining the club he originally left 11 years ago on a free transfer from Doncaster Rovers after coming up through the youth ranks here.

Hurst told iFollow Iron: “We’ve had some conversations and if we get positive news back, there could be something to announce, but nothing’s set in stone. We’re trying to edge forward and it would be good to get some news to add what I think was a good first signing for the football club.”

He also said: “I would like to bring more players in before we report back for pre-season training. I think that would send out the right message to the fans and current squad about what we’re trying to do.

“However, we won’t be rushed or bullied into a deal we’re not happy about. You want to get your squad together as soon as possible, but the reality is it rarely all falls into place like that.

“You want to hit the ground running and put your stamp on things, but there’s an element of just reminding yourself of what’s the norm. We keep abreast of what other teams are doing too and people are making the odd signing but nobody’s making a raft of them, apart from one club in our league (Northampton).

“We’ll take our time and make sure we get the right ones. We’ve identified a few players, but won’t wait forever on those. We’ll have to move on if we can’t get deals done.

“With some players, you show the tiniest bit of interest and they want to come up and speak to you, and get something done. Others are happier to gamble, and I would suggest there are some players out there who are a bit delusional in terms of who they think they’re going to end up playing for.

“It’s trying to find the ones that fit you. You hope to get players who buy into what you’re trying to do. Andy Butler was one of the easiest deals ever. He’s got experience on his side and was more than happy to come. He knows the ambitions we have and it all got finalised very quickly.

“I try and draw a balance between remaining patient to a degree, but certainly not being messed around by an agent, player or both. When that happens, we move on to the next target.”

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