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Gareth: Patience is key

Boss provides update on recruitment plans.

28 May 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says he and his staff won't rush in the transfer market and says good progress has been made on bringing new players to Adams Park, following the recent departures of seven contracted players and three loanees.

Fred Onyedinma and Alex Pattison moved to pastures new this week, following the exits of Ryan Allsop, Cameron Yates, Darius Charles, Giles Phillips and Andron Georgiou earlier this month, along with loanees Josh Knight, Admiral Muskwe, Nnamdi Ofoborh and Dennis Adeniran returning to their parent clubs.

New squad cap rules will limit the number of players each club can name in their squad for the 2021/22 campaign, and Ainsworth knows he isn't far enough having a full complement of talents ready to attack the new season.

“My message to the fans would be ‘don’t panic’ – it’s still very early days,” he said. “Historically I think we’ve signed some of our best players right at the end of a transfer window, and it might not be any different this season.

“I could start the new season tomorrow and know we’d be comfortable with what we’ve got, but I still want to add more real quality to the squad.

“This time of year is always quite slow. I could sign three or four players now that I know I could get, but there are other players who might be better options for us, who are waiting around to see what else comes up. We’re not necessarily looking for the free transfers and the ones who’ve been told they’re not good enough elsewhere; we’re looking at some players who are under contract elsewhere and wanted by other clubs.

“We know we’re competing for players with some big clubs but I’m hopeful we can bring our targets in. We don’t need many because of the new squad cap rules which limit how many players teams can have.”

Watch his full interview here.

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