Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton believes the club now are 'pretty much set' to start the 2012-13 season, in terms of squad numbers. At the start of pre-season training his boss Gary Johnson said that he wanted to set up a squad of 18 first team players. Yesterday's arrival of striker Gozie Ugwu on loan meant that the club reached that target.
The implication of the club now having those eighteen players is that the rate of incoming players, that has seen eleven new signings at the club this summer, will drop dramatically. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skiverton believes that the Glovers are 'close' to drawing a line under their squad plans for the season:
"I don't think the gaffer has got his eye on too many more. I think we're quite close. The group is working really well together, and with the principles the gaffer is putting in place, the lads are taking it on board. So I think we're really happy with the group that we've got, and we'll only add to it as and when we need to. We've got a hell of a lot more contracted players this year, and I think that the loans that come in now will only be used as a back-up for injuries. So we're pretty much set now."
The one likely avenue that appears to be open is if midfielder Anthony Edgar's trial with League Two side Barnet is successful - if so then it may open the door for one of trialist defenders Aaron Downes and James Clarke to put forward their claim for the wages that would be freed up if Edgar leaves.
As for the current first team squad, all first team players, with the exception of injured pair Curtis Haynes-Brown and Dominic Blizzard have been involved in the two friendlies so far. Skiverton added that it was important to keep everyone involved during the games:
"They've all been involved in all the games so far. So for us, it's just a question of getting in as many minutes as we can into our players, and to keep nailing down the principles and the ethos that the manager wants to put in place. Hopefully we can get in a few decent results along the way. But the performance is the main thing that we're looking for, especially from the players."
Haynes-Brown is expected to make his first appearance during pre-season, as part of tomorrow's game against Plymouth Argyle, having been carrying a knock for the past couple of weeks. Blizzard will remain out, with a broken hand that will not allow him to get involved in contact training for another week or two. Downes is currently the only known trialist likely to feature tomorrow.
As a reminder for tomorrow's match, the game will be staged at Dorchester Town's Avenue Stadium, and NOT at Huish Park. Kick-off remains at 3.00p.m. Please note that admissions on the turnstiles will be CASH ONLY.
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