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Artell To Assess Free Market

8 February 2017

David Artell does not rule out bringing in a free agent to bolster his options.

After losing Jonny Margetts due to FIFA’s ruling, David Artell has revealed that he will take an active interest in the free market to see if there is anyone out there who could improve his options.

With the transfer window closed, clubs can only sign players who are now free agents and although Artell says it is not ideal, he will still actively seek a possible replacement for Margetts.

David told the club’s official web-site: “They still have to be free agents abroad, but there are still markets abroad that are open.

“It makes it harder, of course it does, but we have to try to do something. We'd be negligent if we didn't at least look.

“Resources are difficult. We haven't got a Scandinavian scout we can stick on a flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm to look at a second tier Swedish player, which is what is needed.

“So that's the challenge, but we have to look. That's the foreign market."

Artell will also assess the market in the United Kingdom and has revealed: “Closer to home there are free agents knocking around. Again, why are they free? That's the big question. Have they lost desire? Have they been injured?

“We have to find the right person and player, it's tough. We are still an open shop, it's just the market has changed in the respect of where we can get players from.

“It's not vital but it would help, as long as they are the right one.

“We are making enquires and seeing what the situations are with a few. Am I hopeful? Not at the minute, but something could drop from anywhere.

“What we have to make sure that everyone knows we are looking and everyone understands what we need. That's important because then people come looking for us.

He added: “I've got a scouts meeting next Tuesday before the Wycombe game where we will draw up plans for the summer, but without forgetting the immediate requirements now. Summer recruitment will start next week, it is vital.”

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