Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he has yet to complete his summer shopping list, despite having snapped up former Bristol City left-back Jamie McAllister and former Doncaster Rovers and AFC Bournemouth striker James Hayter today. The Glovers made their fourth and fifth signings of the close season, adding plenty of experience to their squad, and allowing the chance to commence pre-season training next Monday with a reasonable quantity of players.
Johnson is aiming to cut down heavily on Yeovil Town's usage of the loan system this season, that saw them bring in 17 players each over the last two years. Speaking to BBC Somerset he believed that he would take his first training session with most of the players that he needs for the 2012-13 season to start, but that there would be more coming in:
"There will be a few more signings. I'm really really pleased at the moment with the squad that we've got, and how quickly that we've got the squad together, because we start on the 2nd of July, and we've probably got 90 percent of our squad. So there's probably three or four more signings that need to be made."
Johnson suggested that in the list of players that he had given offers to, a couple of them fell into more inexperienced categories than McAllister and Hayter would. He added that in all cases, those players knew what was on the table:
"With all of them, offers have been made and we're waiting for them to come back. There are a couple of good young prospects that people probably won't know their names necessarily, but I'm excited by them coming to us. So it's all systems go. But then all managers will be this confident at this stage of the new season!
The current expectation is that a couple of those players will be attending first team training on Monday morning, and working on that basis, it's likely that there could be new players announced later that day.
Of those the most obvious gap is that of a goalkeeper, with Sam Walker the most likely option for Johnson to pursue on a long term loan. However, other obvious gaps are on the left-wing, and in terms of back-up for the main two strikers, although the likes of Sam Foley and Gavin Williams offer some options in that respect.
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