Stanley's drive to bring in new blood for next season is continuing apace.
Manager Paul Cook and his assistant Leam Richardson returned on Monday from their trip to Ireland still waiting to hear whether players who have been offered contracts for next season would take them up.
The Monday evening deadline ended with the futures of Charlie Barnett, Bryan Hughes and Will Hatfield still up in the air as the Observer went to press.
Sean Hessey hasn’t agreed terms, Kevin McIntyre is understood to be on the verge of linking up with John Coleman at Rochdale, while Danny Coid – who was released last week – has been invited back for pre-season training.
Although it was not officially a scouting mission, Cook, who managed Sligo for five years, and Richardson had the chance to take in a few games, assess the standard and eye up potential recruits as the League of Ireland is a summer league.
So their campaign to get their best players to stay and make some new signings continues in a bid to make sure the Reds do better than this season’s 14th position.
Captain Luke Joyce is one of six players who have already committed themselves to the club for next season.
Assistant boss Richardson said: "As a club, we are trying to get the squad assembled as soon as possible and as strong as possible. We are hoping next season will be a success. We don’t start off the season to do anything else.
"We'll be working hard over the whole summer to get the best players in we can get. Myself and Paul are quite positive.
"We’re very hard-working and we’ll continue to do that until we are successful.
"The manager spent quite a few successful years in Ireland and, for myself, it was interesting to go and watch a few games.
"It was interesting to see the standard there. I didn’t necessarily go there on a scouting mission – it was a good chance for the management team to get together, have a break and do a little work while we’re out there, to discuss the way forward."
But the contract cat-and-mouse continues with the as-yet unsigned players.
Richardson said: "It’s my first time negotiating contracts with players. But it’s the same up and down the league.
"Some people are looking to leave it late and others want to do it early. It depends on the individual. We have spoken to a couple of them and we’re hoping to finalise things soon."