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Forest Green Rovers want new players in January

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 01, 2014


Ady Pennock

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FOREST Green chairman Dale Vince has confirmed the club will sanction new signings during this transfer window.

New Lawn manager Ady Pennock has already said he would like to tinker with the squad he inherited from Dave Hockaday in November, and Vince feels some smart business could yet resurrect Rovers' hopes of making the Skrill Premier play-offs.

Rovers are nine points off the top five following the postponement of today's match at Aldershot Town due to a waterlogged pitch.

Vince said: “Ady is making changes already and the process is underway with regards to tweaking the squad.

“I think the play-offs are still within reach and a lot of people think so. Mathematically it is easily a possibility.

“The season is barely halfway done and we're not too many points behind, so we've just got to keep winning games.”

Full of praise for the early impact Pennock has made, Vince added: “Every time I see the team play under this manager we play better.

“Incrementally we're getting tighter and more consistent and I'm full of hope for 2014.

“Previously we would go ahead in games and just fall apart, but you don't see that any more.”

Pennock expects a number of his current fringe players to head out of the club before the end of the month, either on loan or on a permanent basis.

And he confirmed his transfer targets are likely to come from the Football League, with proven performers rather than hot prospects preferred.

“Players will be leaving and I would like to bring in one or two new faces if we can,” said Pennock.

“If I bring someone in I don’t want them to be a squad player. I would want them to feature in the starting XI – I am after quality not quantity.

“If you sign League players then hopefully you end up in the League. These type of players have the professional mentality and that’s what we are striving for.

“I have plenty of irons in the fire and I am constantly on the phone and watching games. I'm not a fan of watching players on DVD, I like to see them in the flesh.”

Rovers now have a run of three straight home league games, beginning with the visit of Salisbury City to the New Lawn this Saturday.

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