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Centre-Half Is Now The Main Target

28 June 2021

Boss says he will look to bring in one or two more and then have a look at where we are.

David Artell says the club will continue to act astutely in the summer transfer market as he steps up his search for a centre-half in the wake of Omar Beckles’ decision to move back down south for family reasons.

Beckles has teamed up with Kenny Jackett’s Leyton Orient side and Artell has now put a defender as his number one priority.

During the closed season, Artell has signed three players, with Kayne Ramsay, Shaun MacDonald and Christopher Long in readiness for the new season.

The manager has told the club’s official website that he will aim to bring in one or two more new faces before evaluating what else we need.

He told us: “We always have to act smarter in the transfer market because we cannot afford to be frivolous. That doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes along the way, because we have before and we will.

“I have always said that recruitment is an art form and not a science. There are analysts and data available to make it more scientific if you lik, but it won’t ever be an exact science.

“When you don’t have the resources of the bigger clubs in this league it makes you more focussed, you have to be. That is the way it is and the world we live in.

The boss added: “We would like a defender and that is our priority at the moment. We will look to bring one or two in and then have a look where we are and see who has come back well and who hasn’t come back as well.”

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