Published: 06:00, 12 September 2019
There’s room in the budget for more new recruits at Gillingham but boss Steve Evans is remaining patient.
He’s hoping the approach pays off, as some players hoping for deals at a higher level lower their expectations.
Evans said: “There are still one or two we are keen to talk to that are training with Championship clubs, hoping that because they have come through the transfer window as free agents they can sign for them as well.
“I think experience tells you that as you get to mid-September, players then start to think, ‘I better go and get a contract somewhere else’. They will lower their expectations of where they think they will sign.
“We are trying to be very specific in the type we want. We want to make sure we improve the group.”
Evans may want to strengthen in central defence following Gabriel Zakuani’s departure and in attack, although goals haven’t been an issue for the Gills so far.
Speaking about his recent recruitment, Evans said: “We identified the left-hand pitch as a priority and for me we brought in two good players (in Tom O’Connor and Ben Pringle).
“There is no doubt we have a squad now that is capable and when you look at our bench compared to a month ago, when we had three or four kids, we have a commendable bench. That is credit to our chairman for supporting it.
“He has asked me ‘are we signing another one or two?’ He is chasing me because he is looking at the numbers, we are still a little below last year and that is where we have budgeted.
“I am also, at the same time, not going to spend a penny of the club’s money on players that don’t add to what we’ve got.
“There is room (in the budget) for a couple. When we find the right ones, if the value is where what I think the chairman is prepared to do, we will speak to them.
“We are getting better, we are having better control of the football, better possession. We have done a lot right and I have no doubt, in my mind, that this is significantly an improved team to last year by some distance.”
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