Ronnie Moore is prepared to play a waiting game as he looks to add two new wingers to complete his Hartlepool United jigsaw.
The Pools boss wants to add experienced players to his youthful new-look squad but he won’t be held to ransom over wage demands.
Moore has been quick to add seven new players, with nine leaving after last season’s struggles in League Two.
And while he is delighted with the business completed so far, he wants to add more depth and flexibility with Moore keen to be able to play a range of formations.
Rakish Bingham, Rhys Oates, Carl Magnay, Harry Worley, Jake Carroll, Trevor Carson and Billy Paynter have all arrived at Victoria Park.
Moore, speaking on the second day of pre-season, admits it is “unusual” to have completed so many signings, so quickly.
“Bings we had worked on behind the scenes and it was good to get him in early, we needed his pace,” Moore said.
“Jake Carroll I have seen a few times and there is loads to come from him.
“He will be a crowd favourite and Billy Paynter will help to get goals and make goals.
“Big H [Worley] at the back had an injury but he is big and strong.
“It was unbelievable to get so many deals done early, the hardest part is getting the last bit of the jigsaw - wingers.
“At the minute we have two or three irons in the fire but it is difficult.
“It is hard to say they are luxury players but they are the ones that their agents think they are better than what they are.
“At the moment they want £1,500 a week, in two more days they will probably want £1,000 and in a week £800!
“It is a matter of sitting tight and seeing whether the players we are after will come in.
“I’d like experienced wingers in with pace, if not we have one or two triallists ready to come in.”
Former Scunthorpe United winger Jennison Myrie-Williams, 27, has been a previous target of Moore and he is now a free agent, as previously reported.
Moore added: “It is a case of being patient.
“There are a lot of young players out there, but they are not tried and tested.
“In those wide areas I would like some experience.”
The new-look Pools squad was joined by a couple of trialists at their Maiden Castle base.
Ex-Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town midfielder Fergus Bell, 24, is training along with Scottish midfielder Euan Murray, 21.
Both are out of contract and available on free transfers. Moore has several midfielders but he is looking to add depth to his defensive midfield options - if they impress.
Moore said: “If we go 4-4-2 it is an overload but if we go with five across then it is not too bad.
“On the defensive side of midfield we have [Matthew] Batesy but not really anyone else. I’m looking for someone who is physically strong.
“The two midfield players will have to impress to be better than what we have already got though.”
Meanwhile, Pools’ League Two game at Carlisle United on Monday, December 28 will now kick-off at the slightly earlier time of 2pm.
The festive fixture at Brunton Park was originally scheduled to begin at 3pm.