George admits that he would like to strengthen his injury-depleted pool of players for the challenges ahead in this campaign but, looking at the bigger picture, accepts that improving the squad for the next two or three years is most important.
A succession of injuries forced George’s hand this season and young players have been blooded earlier than anticipated although, in most cases, with highly successful results.
“We need to strengthen the squad,” said George. “We don’t want to be in the situation again that we’ve been in this year, slinging in youngsters. We want to put them in when we think they’re ready rather than being forced to do it.
“I just hope we can get some players in to add to the squad and hopefully before the deadline. I don’t think the deadline is important, I think if we going to get players for the next two or three years, the deadline is not that important.
George confesses that any recruits would probably not be in the Sergei Rebrov price bracket, saying: “I think there is a limited budget. I don’t think they’ll be big outlays, there is a budget.
George Graham is hoping to add the squad ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.