Sturrock looks for experience
Paul Sturrock looks to bring in experience and refused to rule out a move for James Scowcroft.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 12/06/09 12:45pm
Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock wants to bring experienced campaigners to the club this summer and refused to rule out a move for James Scowcroft.
The Pilgrims boss unveiled his first signing of the close season when Carl Fletcher arrived from Crystal Palace earlier this week and Scowcroft - currently out of contract - could shortly follow.
However, Sturrock emphasised the fact that he must first sell before he looks to bring in new players.
The former Sheffield Wednesday chief believes his first-team squad at Home Park is too big and he is determined to move players on in a bid to free up space on the wage bill.
"Experienced players are important to me and my first summer signing proved that in Welsh international Carl Fletcher," he told skysports.com.
Experience is vital
"I'm not going to discuss my targets just yet, but it is important to bring in players with experience to combat the naivety that comes with youngsters such as Ashley Barnes and Craig Noone.
"The important thing for us is to move some players out first before we can bring any more in.
"We need to balance the books because there are a lot of fringe players here who could be playing first-team football elsewhere, so I will be working very hard over the next month to move some players on.
"I don't want experience players having to make do with playing in the reserves.
"I don't think the transfer market will pick up till the middle of July and that is when I am hoping there will be a few takers so that I can free the wage bill up a little for potential arrivals."