MICK Wadsworth has used the early finish to the League One campaign as a chance to run the rule over a number of transfer targets as the hunt for a penalty-box predator continues.
The Pools boss admits that he hasn’t been able to take in as many games as he would have liked given the relentless schedule of third-tier football.
But with Pools wrapping up their league season some two-and-a-half weeks ago, Wadsworth has used the intermitting period to take in matches at both home and abroad.
“The early finish means we can see bits and bobs,” he told SportMail.
“I’ve been able to take in some games and I may be going away again in June.
“We’ve done some early business, which was good, but that means we can relax a little bit and not rush everything at once.”
Wadsworth’s summer transfer plans have long been in the offing, however, and a list of players he would like to bring to Victoria Park was drawn up well in advance of the season’s end.
Indeed, such is his knowledge of lower-league football and his experience on foreign shores, there are few players who haven’t scanned under his radar.
Three of Wadsworth’s targets, Nathan Luscombe, Nobby Solano and James Poole, are already signed and sealed.
But with a defender and a centre-forward still high on the manager’s wish list, he won’t be heading off on holiday just yet.
“This is a crucial time of the year for us as a club,” he added.
“We don’t want things to drag on way into pre-season where you’re still looking for players.
“And, in all honesty, my targets are fairly solid.
“There’s just one area that bothers me and we need to do some work in that area.
“But I’m delighted with the signings so far.
“I think Nathan Luscombe will be a very good player for us and James Poole is a young player I’ve admired for some time, I’ve made no secret of that and we’re thrilled to get him.
“And Nobby Solano is just a wonderful signing which has lifted the club and the town.”
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