Kevin Wilson says he’s been left frustrated in his attempts to sign new players this week as Ilkeston FC prepare to return for pre-season training.
The Robins boss says he has been close to sealing a number of deals and adding to his squad, but that the players’ financial requirements have proved the sticking point.
And while it is still early days in terms of trying to build on an already good-sized squad, Wilson is adamant the club’s budget will not be broken.
He said: “It’s been frustrating because we’ve been very close with a couple of players who have given us their word that they’ll sign, but then their current clubs or others elsewere have given them better deals and they’ve changed their minds.
“But as I’ve said before, the budget is the budget and we hope that eventually the players come along who tick the right boxes and come for the right reasons.
“There are other irons in the fire and I’ll remain patient. There are one or two new players coming into training this weekend for us to have a look at, and given I like to begin pre-season by doing plenty of work with the ball it will be a good opportunity to assess.”
Meanwhile, striker Francis Green has left the Robins to join Spalding, but question marks still hang over the future of midfielder Matt Richards.
Wilson said: “We wish Franny well. I was quite happy for him to stay even with having signed Jamie Clarke, but I’m sure he’ll do a good job for Spalding.
“We’re still waiting to see what happens with Matt but again it’s about being patient on that front.”