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Bowyer: Strengthened Defensive Areas

Manager On Recruitment So Far

30 June 2017

Gary Bowyer says a lack of defensive cover has been addressed this summer, with four new arrivals at the back.

The manager, keen to have strong competition for places, has signed centre-backs Curtis Tilt and Peter Hartley, as well as full-backs Ollie Turton and Nick Anderton, while a contract offer remains on the table for Tom Aldred.

“Last season I felt that we went in short in terms of defensive cover and we’ve been able to strengthen in that area,” Bowyer told the official website.

“Ollie Turton is a fantastic footballer in my opinion and can play in a variety of positions that give us depth to the squad – right-back, left-back and centre midfield.  

“We tried to get Curtis (Tilt) in January and it didn’t quite happen so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to do it this time round. He’s got unbelievable pace and bags of potential to improve.

“We’ve brought young Nick in from Barrow who has gone and got a great number of games under his belt in the Conference, which is a competitive league. He’s another one that has got bags of potential.

“We also felt last year that we just might have needed a bit more experience at the back and we’ve been delighted that we’ve been able to get Peter Hartley.”

The other new signing to arrive so far this summer is forward Max Clayton, a player with undoubted talent when fully fit and available for selection.

“He’s had a bit of bad luck with injuries but he’s over that now and we’re hoping that he comes and scores goals and plays loads of games for us. He’s fit and well and we’re hoping that he has a real good season.”

Attentions now turn to other areas of the squad, with goalkeepers and midfielders on the priority list.

“It’s no secret we’re in the market for centre midfielders, I think the only one we can class as a proper centre midfielder is Jim McAlister and he’s still out with his injury. He’s making progress but not as quickly as he’d like,” Bowyer revealed.

After putting the players through their paces since returning to training on Wednesday, Bowyer will now return to Scotland with his squad for a pre-season training camp that worked so well last season.

“I can’t take the credit for that, Neil McDonald had that in place and when we went up there it worked perfectly for us. The facilities were fantastic and the location is ideal for us,” Bowyer added. 

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