Gareth Ainsworth says he is making good progress with his summer recruitment plans but admits the transfer market provides a number of challenges to a club with one of the lowest budgets in the EFL.The Blues boss hopes to finalise additions to his ranks before the start of pre-season training as he gears up once again for the task of preparing the smallest squad in the division for the year ahead.
However, his efforts to sign players have so far gone unrewarded, with some of his targets opting to join clubs with bigger resources.
He explained: “Our recruitment plans started months ago – well before the end of last season – as we wanted to give ourselves the best chance of bringing in the right players, both in terms of ability and character.
“We identified a few key targets but have found ourselves massively out-bid by clubs in our division. Players that we wanted have moved elsewhere on much higher wages than we could afford to offer without breaking the bank and risking the financial stability of the club.
“But with every setback we just move on and explore other possibilities and there could be some good news just around the corner. I have every confidence that we’ll start the season with a squad which is capable of improving on how we finished last year.
“There are hundreds of players out of contract and without a club, and it’s a case of striking the right balance between their expectations and what we are able to offer.
“We won’t rush our business and make a signing that we don’t feel is right for us. In the past couple of years, some of our best acquisitions have come right before the start of the season, or even once the season has begun, and believe me, we’re working day and night to strengthen the squad in the right areas.”