Gunn - Never say never over more signings
PUBLISHED: 07:45 01 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 06 July 2010
Bryan Gunn has refused to rule out more additions to his Norwich City squad as his pre-season schedule comes to a closer today. The City boss has already added a dozen new faces to the City dressing room in a major overhaul of last season's under-performing squad.
Bryan Gunn has refused to rule out more additions to his Norwich City squad as his pre-season schedule comes to a closer today.
The City boss has already added a dozen new faces to the City dressing room in a major overhaul of last season's under-performing squad.
But with just seven days to go before the League One campaign opens at home to Colchester United, he has refused to rule out any more signings, having completed the signings of Jens Berthel Askou and Goran Maric two days ago.
“They're the final pieces in the jigsaw this week, I think that's fair to say,” said Gunn.
“Obviously we've built up a good squad now, a strong squad, a competitive squad and with competition in all areas - we see that right through the goalkeepers, through the defensive areas, right through midfield and now with these two adding to it.
“So we have a very strong unit, but I don't think we will ever say never. We will always keep looking and if there are better players out there, affordable within the budget we have got to work to, there may be opportunities to look at more players.
“But certainly for this week, business is closed.”
Gunn has stuck to his policy of building a squad of contracted players, but will continue to make use of the loan market
“We are in the mid-20s of professional contracted players and throughout this long season and the different cup competitions we have we will need all those players and if we do need to supplement with a loan player we will do,” he said.
“The only loan player in the building is Ben Alnwick and that was through circumstances - Jed Steer having a back strain, Declan Rudd being away with England, Michael (Theoklitos) having had a hip injury.
“We will act and we will take people in if we have to, but it is not the priority that it probably was last season.”
Gunn's rebuilding means a number of home-grown youngsters can now be loaned out to gain experience - had the transfer business not gone as planned they could well have been in his first team.
“I think we could have started the season with probably all five youngsters in the team at one stage,” Gunn admitted. “The young lads that signed their contracts were higher up the list, but gradually during the summer we have managed to get more experienced players and obviously when the new board was set up with (chief executive) David McNally as well, we all understood the restrictions we were working under, the budget we were working to, and we've been able to introduce the 12.
“These guys can play at a higher level than youth football now. Dario (Dumic) come in, David Stephens has come in, Declan Rudd, Jed Steer, and played in the Scotland tour and impressed and I have no doubts now that they can play at a more senior level.
“Obviously we have got a reserve league which will start in September, so that is an opportunity for them to play at a higher level, but if somebody picked up the phone and was looking for a centre half for instance I would have no hesitance in recommending Dario to go on loan and for him to gain experience.
“That is there to happen and we will look at that when somebody does that.”