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No panic, insists John Coleman

John Coleman insists he won’t press the panic button in his search for new players. The Reds boss has 11 players signed up to the Stanley cause for next season and was aiming to add a new signing to the squad today.

John Coleman insists he won’t press the panic button in his search for new players.

The Reds boss has 11 players signed up to the Stanley cause for next season and was aiming to add a new signing to the squad today.

He played a number of trialists in Wednesday’s 4-0 friendly win at Radcliffe Borough, with ex-Wigan midfielder Jon Routledge impressing and Jersey-born teenager Kurtis Guthrie scoring twice, but the Reds chief won’t panic-sign.

"You do get players thrown at you and pushed in front of you by agents and such like but I only want the ones that are right for this club and it’s a case of sifting through these for the right ones," said the Reds boss.

"There is no need to panic as there are a lot of players out there."

Sean McConville became the latest to leave Accrington after he signed a two-year deal with Blue Square Premier side Stockport last Friday.

That means Phil Edwards (Stevenage), Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury), Jimmy Ryan (Scunthorpe), Terry Gornell (Shrewsbury), Alex Cisak (Oldham) and McConville have left of the Reds’ play-off semi-finalists.

"People have got their own choices and you do not always know everyone’s circumstances so you can’t really judge them," said Coleman.

"The thing about Sean was he had the decency to ring me and keep me informed and you have got to respect his decision."

McConville, whose fee is still under negotiation as he is under 24, admitted it wasn’t an easy decision but finances played a part.

"Stockport have offered me a good deal, with a good basic wage, and I have a young family," said the 22-year-old.

"It was hard at Accrington last season when we weren’t being paid on time and I found it difficult with that at times.

"I am sure that’s why a few others have left too as not knowing you are going to get paid and borrowing money makes life hard and it is such a short career that you have to try and set yourself up for after football as well."

Coleman has got 11 players signed up now and is expecting several to step up to the plate.

Ian Craney was already under contract while Andy Procter, Luke Joyce and Dean Winnard have signed two-year deals.

Sean Hessey, Alan Burton, Peter Murphy, Ian Dunbavin and new face Danny Coid have signed one-year deals.

Leam Richardson has agreed a new deal while striker Craig Lindfield was the latest to sign a one-year contract.

"It’s been stop-start for Craig with injuries," said Coleman. "The way we played – 4-2-3-1 didn’t always allow for Craig to play last season but he can play as the lone striker or one of the three attacking midfielders and it is an important season for him.

"He has always kept himself fit but he perhaps was lacking sharpness which is something he is now working on.

"The one thing about Craig is he will always work hard in a game and give his all and it’s a big chance for him now."

Stanley’s first team kick off their pre-season campaign at Morecambe tomorrow against Blackburn Rovers (12. 15pm) before they travel to Cammell Laird next Tuesday (7.45pm).

The club have confirmed there will be no pre-season friendlies at the Crown Ground this season.

"We have had a lot of work done on the pitch again and, with getting into the play-offs last season, we couldn’t start it earlier," said chief executive Rob Heys.

"We have got to leave it as long as possible but this is the major work, and it will be a different story next season."

Trialists with the Reds at the moment include ex-Blackburn defender Marlon Broomes and former Shrewsbury midfielder Kevin McIntyre.

The team who faced Radcliffe Borough were trailists except keeper Dunbavin and midfielder Burton and these included striker Geoff Kellaway who has been playing in Australia, former Leeds trainee Liam Darville, Accrington Academy winger Nat Wilson, Burnley’s Dean Overson and ex-Macclesfield keeper Josh Welsby.

 

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