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Work still to be done

23 June 2017

Kevin Nolan is happy with his summer transfer business but is aware there is more work to be done to bolster his squad.

Notts have brought in two players so far this summer with the additions of Terry Hawkridge from Lincoln City and Lewis Alessandra from Hartlepool United.

And Nolan was pleased to get the pair on board, saying: "Terry had a fantastic year with the FA Cup run and winning the league with Lincoln so he comes to us on a high.

"We are hopeful he can continue that momentum because he did a lot of good things last season but we still want him to improve and keep moving in the right direction.

"Lewis is a quality player and I was delighted to be able to sign him. He's a Bolton fan which is always a bonus! I'm really looking forward to working with him and Terry this season."

In addition, the Notts boss has been able to retain all players who were offered fresh terms at the end of last season, giving him the nucleus of a squad which he hopes will compete at the top end of Sky Bet League Two.

"I am pleased with the work which has gone on behind the scenes from Alan [Hardy, chairman and owner], Jason [Turner, Football Operations Director], and the team to get deals for all of the players we wanted to retain over the line," he said.

"I am delighted that they wanted to come back and I am looking forward to seeing them again when they return for pre-season."

With the first game of pre-season against Rolls Royce Leisure Select XI just over a fortnight away, the manager and his staff are working tirelessly to bring new faces to Meadow Lane.

"We are working hard to ensure we get a number of quality players in," said Nolan.

"We are trying to find out if certain people are available and if they want to come here but, like last season, there will be nobody here who does not want to be here.

"If someone does not want to be here then they will be shown the door and the players we bring in will want to come here, work with us and be a part of this fantastic football club which is going in the right direction.

"We have a few targets and hopefully a few gems up our sleeve but there is still a lot of hard work to do," he added.

The manager also confirmed he will be inviting a number of trialists to train with the club during pre-season, but wants the bulk of his squad in place to allow as much time as possible to gel before the opening game of the season at Coventry.

"We have a couple of lads coming in to be a part of the training squad so there will be some unknown faces but we are trying to get a squad which will be here for the season and be capable of making sure we compete in the division," he said.


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