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'If the right players are available tomorrow, we'll sign them tomorrow' - Steve Pressley

23 May 2014

Sky Blues boss says he will waste no time in welcoming new faces into the building as long as they are right ones

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley says the club are ready and primed to start bringing new faces into the building tomorrow if the right ones present themselves.

Pressley is in the process of rebuilding a side for the forthcoming 2014/15 League One campaign and while he says he is ready to welcome new faces into the building right away, he wants to be patient in order to make sure he brings in the right ones

"We have been working tirelessly to identify the right kind of player that we want to bring into the building and we are looking to start the recruitment process as quickly as possible but we have to make sure we get the right ones," Pressley said.

"If the right player presents himself to us tomorrow then we will sign him tomorrow but at this moment in time that has not been the case.

"I obviously have to think strategically in terms of managing my playing budget for next season but part of that process may be that certain players move out which frees up additional finance to bring in the right players to replace them."

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Pressley added that he would again consider visiting the loan market to compliment permanent signings on the premise that he gets them in the building quickly enough for them to adapt to City's proposed style of play ahead of the new season.

"I think that loan options may be possible for us but for me it's about character. We experienced loan situations where players had not spent long enough with us and did not have the time to adapt to our style of play in terms of the high press and the level of intensity and lessons must be learned from that.

"Equally we had people like Michael Petrasso who is a great example of a loan player with the right character that adapted very quickly and made a contribution although we were unable to keep him here for as long as we would have liked.

"In my opinion, if you have a loan player that buys into and immerses themselves in the club's culture then it doesn't matter that they are loan players because if they spend long enough with you it feels almost as though they become your player.

"But no matter how much we press for players, we also have to play a waiting game in terms of the right ones becoming available. It can be a domino effect from the Premier League when the first moves are made which set off a chain of events to make certain players available. We are ready to act if that happens and the right individuals come along for us but as of yet that has not been the case so we will be patient."

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