Alan Stubbs today admitted he is still searching for a new goalkeeper and defender as he seeks to further strengthen his squad during the January transfer window.
But, he insisted, if he fails to do so he’ll happily see out the remainder of the season with the players already at his disposal.
The Easter Road head coach moved quickly as the window opened, completing a deal which saw Dundee forward Martin Boyle arrive in Edinburgh with Alex Harris heading in the opposite direction, snapping up Ivory Coast striker Franck Dja Djedje on an 18-month contract and extending goalkeeper Mark Oxley’s loan deal from Hull City.
There have also been a string of trialists at the club’s East Mains training centre, most notably IFK Gothenburg goalkeeper Marcus Sandberg, Norwegian defender Edvard Stagestad, LA Galaxy striker Jack McBean and freed Colchester United winger Dominic Vose, although no further business has yet been completed.
Stubbs said: “I think we’re just seeing what’s available and taking it from there. It’s not necessarily a good window to bring players in and, I’ve said all along, I won’t just bring players in for the sake of it. They have to be the right and if they’re not right then I won’t bring anyone in.
“We’ve already done a bit of business early on, which I’m really happy with. We are looking to bring in another defender but at this moment in time the right one hasn’t fitted the criteria we’re looking for.”
Joking there have been so many trialists he was losing track, Stubbs went on: “There was only one defender trialist and nothing has been pursued. I’m just looking to strengthen areas wherever we can. Obviously I would like to bring in another keeper, so we will keep looking to see if there’s something available which fits in with what we’re looking for.”
Pointing out that defender Jordon Forster was now back in full training following a lengthy spell out with a broken foot and then an emergency appendix operation while striker Farid El Alagui and right-back David Gray are also on the road to recovery following Achilles tendon and groin surgery respectively, Stubbs expressed his confidence in his current squad.
He said: “If there’s nothing else happening from now until the end of the month then so be it. Jordon is back training full-time which is good for the group and we’ve still got a couple of others to join the group. From that point of view I’ve no problem if we don’t do any business from now to the end of the window.”