Awford: Still room for more recruits

Andy Awford insists he still has room to work with in his Pompey budget as he contemplates further January additions.

The Blues boss recruited Paul Robinson and Matt Tubbs on permanent deals this week but is still on the hunt for more quality to add to the ranks.

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

After Marcus Bean turned down a move to Fratton Park for a longer deal with Wycombe, Awford has some extra finance to work with.

And although he wants to trim the numbers in his squad, it is not because of financial pressure.

Awford said: ‘If I need to do anything, I have got enough at the moment.

‘Marcus Bean is not coming so I have that money back in my budget.

‘But it’s not a case of one in, one out.

‘I have got a certain amount of budget left so if I wanted to bring in three players, I could – as long as it’s within budget.

‘If good players become available, we will always be interested.

‘But I am conscious of the numbers because we have got a lot of players here.

‘We have still got targets, of course we have.

‘We are always looking and we will continue to do so.

‘I’ve had a lot of calls about players being available but we need the right ones.’

Awford ruled out any further recruits arriving in time for tomorrow’s trip to Newport County.

But he is still looking to move some of his squad on.

He said: ‘If they aren’t playing football, they need to go and play somewhere else.

‘At the moment, we’ve had no enquiries for any senior pros but we have had a couple of sniffs about some of the young lads which might happen next week.’