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Pilley hopes for busy transfer window

5 January 2022

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Andy Pilley hopes it can be a busy January in the transfer market at Fleetwood Town.

The chairman has revealed talks are underway with a number of targets as he looks to strengthen Stephen Crainey’s first team squad, with players set to come in and leave out the door at Highbury Stadium.
 
“Its been a remarkably busy period behind the scenes as we attempt to strengthen the squad," he said. 
 
“We are making real progress with some quality proven League One footballers and I full expect us to add to our squad in the near future.
 
“We have been so so unlucky with injuries lately, with 12 out injured at present that’s just something we haven’t and couldn’t legislate for. But we are looking to bring in quality players to add to the squad. I also expect a couple of head out, some for large transfer fees. 
 
“Some new quality faces added to the quality we have in the building and coming back from injury and I’m confident we can have a positive end to the season.”
 
Town have made no secret of the fact an advance of monies from the EFL last summer has left the club under some transfer restrictions. But Pilley is convinced it won’t effect the recruitment plans this month.
 
He explained:  “The word embargo is a very bad description of our current current position. It was a situation where we were able to take an advance of money from the EFL at a time of real uncertainty in the world and in football. I still feel it was the right thing to do for the long-term of the football club. 
 
“It means there’s a restriction on the amount of players we can have an what we can pay for them, but I’m not concerned about those boundaries and I’m confident we can really strengthen our squad the month. 
 
“Even with the embargo we are able to operate on a decent budget and should be able to get some quality very shortly into the squad.
 
“There will be new faces coming in, and quality coming through the door this month.”

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