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Nolan: We will take our time

Manager in no hurry to add to his squad in January transfer window

4 January 2018

Kevin Nolan says he will be methodical in his actions during this month's transfer window.

The window reopened on New Year's Day with Notts adding Liam Noble to their ranks after agreeing a deal to resign the midfielder in October.

But the manager says any further additions will be made to benefit the squad, rather than simply for the sake of it.

"It's been mad already. My missus is already annoyed with me because the phone keeps going!" he laughed.

"I'm taking calls all the time, which is part and parcel of this manic window. We found ourselves in there at the back end of it last year but we have a full window this year, which means we can take our time.

"It also means we can do right by the squad members to get them out to the right clubs where they are going to get minutes.

"The summer window was absolutely fantastic, I think we got it spot on.

"Actions speak louder than words and what the lads have shown since they walked in the door or decided to stay has been massive in getting us to where we are at the minute.

"It's important that anyone who joins has the right desire and commitment rather than coming here for a swansong or more money. They will come here to try and help the team achieve and get better.

"Hopefully we will get the opportunity to pounce if anything comes up which whets our appetite."

While speculation about players' futures is rife during January, the manager wants his squad to remain focused on their football as Notts look to continue their strong first half of the 2017-18 campaign.

"Seeing their name in the paper gives players a bit of a spring in their step," he said.

"It's important that the lads embrace it and enjoy it when they see it but they cannot get carried away because the most important people they have to impress are their team-mates and the management staff.

"All of them have been very impressive since the first day of pre-season and nobody has let themselves down. If I could play 26 of them, I would because they have been great in that respect.

"We have found this year that we are talking about who is going to be on the bench, which is always a fantastic thing because it means the five or six who are not involved in the squad are pushing.

"That is why the lads have gone to new heights this season - because there is healthy competition."

Check back tomorrow for the manager's thoughts ahead of this weekend's Emirates FA Cup trip to Brentford.

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