Bruce wants quiet summer
Steve Bruce has admitted he does not want to make wholesale changes to his Wigan squad.
Last Updated: 20/04/09 10:51am
Steve Bruce has admitted he does not want to make wholesale changes to his Wigan squad at the end of the season.
Wilson Palacios and Emile Heskey left the JJB Stadium in the winter transfer window but Bruce was able to bring in a number of players.
He still hopes to bolster his squad in one or two areas to ensure the Latics enjoy another successful campaign and would like to do his business as early as possible.
Bruce would then like to have a settled summer but he accepts much will depend on the amount of interest shown in his key men.
Egyptian strikers Mido and Amr Zaki are both on loan at the club until the end of the season and Bruce will need to decide whether to pursue permanent deals for the duo.
"I hope there is no need for a big turnaround but you can never tell," he told the Wigan Evening Post.
"We have big decisions to make with the people we have on loan - Mido and Amr Zaki - and obviously there are players we want to bring in.
"It's easier to do business in the summer, I like to do mine quite early, although things can change when players report back for pre-season training.
"Sometimes you get a player who falls out with his club which creates an opportunity, or someone comes back out of condition and that creates a ripple. But I'd like to think I can get things done early.
"We do our homework well on players and try to make sure we bring in signings of the required standard to make us stronger."
Goalkeeper Mike Pollitt and striker Antoine Sibierski are the only two first-team players out of contract in the summer and Bruce is keen to resolve their futures.
He added: "We'll be looking at their situation in the next couple of weeks, assess what we are going for."