Date: 24th June 2014 at 7:17pm
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Manager James Beattie has said that despite already having a busy summer, he’s really expecting things to hot up in the coming weeks with the season now so close.

The main focus so far has been on securing the futures of those players who are out of contract that we wanted to keep, and so far three have committed and more are expected to commit in the coming days and weeks, but of course the gaffer as also been working hard on adding quality to the camp.

Speaking to the Official Site our manager entering his second season in charge, said.

‘As soon as the season finished the phone started going really, this is probably the busiest time for me. I wanted all the players to go away and think about what had happened in the whole season, including the start, and try to rectify that and get it right mentally in terms of what we’re trying to do this season.’

Beattie goes on to say that obviously nobody wants a repeat of our unbeaten start, what we want to continue with in 2014-15 was the form we started showing in the middle of the season and towards the end, because we had belief, we were competing, we were winning matches and we were taking points from games that maybe we should’ve lost.

Key to that is not only keeping the ground together as much as we can, but also adding further quality, and Beattie knows that patience is a virtue here as the nearer a season gets the more realistic some demands become.

‘There are a hell of a lot of players out of work at the moment. Probably a lot of their expectations are way above where they actually are in the market at this time. Their agents are probably telling them that they’re even higher in that market. We’re a club that’s realistic.’

The gaffer adds that not only do we have to be realistic because of the numbers, but he and Paul Stephenson know the game ‘inside and out’ so they aren’t going to be fooled or have the wool pulled over their eyes on claims, and demands and fluffy spiel, because they’ve been there themselves.

‘I think come later on in pre season players haven’t got their signature on a contract then their expectations will come down a little bit. They’ll start to just see the opportunity to play football as the most important thing.’

Obviously, Beattie adds, that the club are always interested in taking people in on trial to have a look at them, and will be open to realistic offers to bring people in, but anybody wanting to be here needs to buy into the fact that we are a ‘great club’ to play for, and a fantastic ‘showcase’ for talent, and whilst he means no disrespect in saying we are a great stepping stone for youngsters looking to make a name, or more experienced players wanting to put themselves back in the shop window and get on the ladder, he understands us as a club, and at the moment that’s where we are and part of changing that is by getting good quality in, benefiting from them on the pitch and then benefiting in the bank balance when they move, because that can be reinvested and over time we can look more long term.