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Boss: More signings possible

18 August 2014

Boss on transfer window

Manager Nigel Adkins is pleased to have added three players to his squad in the past ten days, and says there is the possibility of more signings - providing they have the right character for the club.

With the club's ownership situation continuing to move forward, we have already signed Simon Cox, Jamie Mackie and Anton Ferdinand, and the boss said, "Everything's looking positive, I've met everyone from the new consortium and all being well, we've got stability and a long term plan.

"For me, the long term picture of the football club is moving in the right direction, continuing the good work that's gone on over the years.

"There's a bright future, and we have to make sure that's right first of all, the future of the club. We're not going to suddenly go around splashing the cash because the stability has to be right.

"There's two weeks to go [of the transfer window], we want to be active and I think we're in a position where we can be active, but they've got to be the right ones. We won't do it just for the sake of it.

"The three players that we've already brought in, since they came in their attitude has been outstanding and infectious. Character is key if more come in - they might not be the greatest player but attitude and character are so important."

The boss is currently without McCleary, Karacan, Robson-Kanu, Williams, Guthrie and Kelly through injury, while Mackie and Ferdinand are working toward match fitness as well.

It will be a major boost when they are added to a squad that has picked up four points from the first two games, and the boss said, "There's eight senior players to add to the group, when we get them we'll be healthy.

"Anton is due to play 45 minutes on Wednesday, he's coming on really well and his attitude has been first class, I'm really excited at the prospect of having him fully fit.

"Mackie is working hard but he's not eligible for Forest at the weekend so we're probably looking at the Scunthorpe game at the earliest. And Coxy has been playing, he did well to get an hour on Saturday and is also working hard to get up to 90 minutes."

Reflecting on the first week of the season, Nigel said, "It's been an excellent week. I'm mindful there's a long way to go so we won't get too high though.

"We've got to look after the youngsters, but you could see that the supporters got right behind them without setting expectations too high. We've got heart, desire and a football club all united as one."

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