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INTERVIEW: Coley on transfer deadline day

With transfer deadline day tomorrow, Reds boss discusses any potential moves

31 August 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Coley on transfer deadline day

With transfer deadline day tomorrow, Reds boss discusses any potential moves

31 August 2023

John Coleman doesn’t expect any incomings before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline - unless he loses a player from his current squad.

There has been rumoured interest in the likes of Tommy Leigh and Toby Savin but, as yet, they will remain Stanley players in the 2023/24 campaign.

However, Coleman knows that there could be late bids for any of his players and so it’s a waiting game at the moment.

"We have to wait and see what happens with our own squad. If we keep the best part of it together, we maybe see one more addition. That will only be an unattached player.

"It is hard as during the Transfer Window, your phone never stops with texts, emails, WhatsApps.

"We have been clear from the start in that we have a tight budget and we have to try and adhere to that and we have got to do the best with what we have got.

"I think we have made some decent loan signings and we have lads who have come through who are desperate for an opportunity as well.

"You would like a little bit of experience but I think we have a decent enough balance in the squad.

"Most of the people we sign are a punt by that nature of what we have to deal with. I have never wanted to hang on until Deadline Day but unfortunately you are in the hands of other people.

"I can’t see us making many signings today or tomorrow, unless something happens to one of our players. I like a nice game of golf on Deadline Day so it gives me a few hours of respite.

"I don’t like the Transfer Window, especially for League One and Two sides. You end up being scared of not having enough players and then take too many players who are not ready just in case emergencies happen.

"It favours those clubs with bigger budgets who can stockpile, for example, a number of centre halves."


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