Paul Fairclough has said he intends to signs a couple more players in different areas before the start of the season.
With the season beckoning just two weeks away, Fairclough has assembled the majority of the Barnet squad together but needs to strengthen in one or two areas before kick-off against Morecambe in a fortnight’s time.
‘I`m still tinkering with one or two areas. There`s still one or two additions to make before we`re complete,’ Fairclough told BBC London 94.9 FM.
Fairclough has had a major overhall in terms of personell at the club this summer, having released more than half his squad in the close-season and is still rebuilding, he says.
The key area of pitch that has seen an influx of players, and arguably, the most important area of the field, is the midfield. When Fairclough took over in the summer of 2004, Fairclough brought in a totally different midfield to the one that failed the players a few months earlier. The ‘fantastic four’ as they were known to many Bees fans, were intstrumental in helping the Bees gain promotion the following year and Fairclough is hoping to do exactly the same thing again, three years on.
With the departures of Nicky Bailey, Dean Sinclair, Richard Graham and Barry Cogan, among others, the basis of the Barnet squad was lost and the only remaining midfielder from last year’s campaign is Jason Puncheon. He is still set to play a key part in Barnet’s promotion push next season, but this time alongside new faces in the form of Michael Leary, Max Porter, Ashley Carew and Neal Bishop.
Fairclough is expected to bring in another midfielder to strengthen that area, as well as a defender or two, most obviously in the left-back position where just Nicky Nicolau contests that position. Another position that needs backup is goalkeeper.
Whatever position Fairclough himself wants to strengthen, fans are at least assured he is still on the lookout for players to add to the squad, even if just 14 days are left to add to it before the begining of Barnet’s centenary season, which everyone hopes will be a special one.
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