BUILDING a squad fit for promotion - that's the aim of Eastwood Town boss Paul Cox as the Badgers continue their unbeaten run in the league.
The levels of ambition are growing at Coronation Park following the appointment of businessman Rob Yong as chairman, though Cox is keen to make sure everyone at club keeps their feet on the ground.
New signing Liam Hearn made his debut at Frickley on Saturday following his move from near neighbours Hucknall Town, and Cox believes the youngster could be a good signing.
Cox said: “He’s probably two or three games from being at his best but I’ve had my eye on him for a while and am pleased to have brought him to the club.
“He’s got the potential to be a very good player for us.”
But whilst Hearn could be one answer to the striker shortage, Cox isn’t finished in the transfer market and anticipates more activity in all positions in the near future.
A well-documented bid for Ilkeston Town’s star striker Adam Muller has fallen on deaf ears for the time being with the Robins reluctant to let their man go, but Cox says other targets still remain possibilities.
“We’re still very interested in Muller and I wouldn’t say the deal is dead as yet, but we fully respect Ilkeston’s decision to reject our offer, which was in our opinion a fair reflection of his value,” said Cox.
“It’s hard at the moment because teams are generally reluctant to let go of their best players as they’re grappling for position in the league and still in FA Cups and so on.
“But if we’re patient then I’m confident that in the next few weeks more and more players will be come available.
“I respect the money we now have. It would be easy to get carried away and start spending all over the place, but whilst I want to build a squad which will get us promoted, we won’t be being silly.”
Tomorrow Eastwood aim to extend their six-game unbeaten run as they travel to play Ashton United, who have had a hit and miss season with results ranging from a 7-2 win at home to Frickley to a 5-2 defeat at Worksop last weekend.
Cox added: “It’s quite a common thing in the division at the moment, where teams might get hammered one week then do the hammering the next, but Ashton will be a tough game for us as they all are.”
Tuesday night should see the visit of Matlock Town, depending on whether the Derbyshire Dales side have an FA Cup replay.
Matlock started well but have failed to win in their last five league matches, though in amongst that run they beat Blue Square North side AFC Telford United and Eastwood’s neighbours Carlton Town in the FA Cup.
“Matlock are among the favourites to go up, but whilst it will be another hard game we’ve done very well so far against the top sides so will have nothing to fear,” said Cox.