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So far, so good says McCann on early transfer business

30 May 2023

Interviews

So far, so good says McCann on early transfer business

30 May 2023

The verdict is so far, so good from manager Grant McCann when it comes to Rovers’ transfer business.

Last week saw the club sign goalkeeper Ian Lawlor, centre back Richard Wood and right back Jamie Sterry as McCann got to work shaping his squad for the new season.

The Rovers boss prioritised sorting goalkeeping and defensive options first and is pleased with the acquisitions that have been made so early in the summer.

“I’m delighted,” he said. “For the last couple of weeks we’ve been working very hard to make sure we bring players in that are going to add to the squad.

“We’re working on more. We’re close on one, maybe two and we’ll see how they materialise over the next week or two.

“I’m delighted. Myself, Cliff [Byrne] and Gavin [Baldwin] made a real conscious decision to get the back end sorted first and get competition in places that we need.

“We’ve got a goalkeeper in Ian Lawlor, a centre back in Richard Wood and a right back in Jamie Sterry. There’s possibly one more in that back unit that we’ll bring in and then we can move on into midfield.”

McCann’s previous Rovers side was known for its attacking approach and, despite his early focus in the transfer market, he insists the squad he is currently building will be no different.

“The back is the foundation for everything and it gives you the opportunity to go and attack,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, we’ll still be attacking and we’ll be bringing in good players in that area of the pitch as well.

“But at this time of the summer, the attacking players, when you speak to agents, have 15 clubs after them. It’s a bit of a waiting game on that.

“You need a calm approach because we will get the right people in and we do have targets.”


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