ILKESTON FC boss Kevin Wilson says high wage demands and even player agents are so far stifling his attempts to bring new blood to the club.
Wilson has so far managed to secure the signings of the majority of last season’s promotion-winning squad, with versatile Joe Maguire the latest to put pen to paper.
But while the manager is in no major hurry to add new players given the season has just ended, those enquiries he has made have often been frustrating.
He said: “What’s happening is that we’ve suddenly got players demanding signing on fees as well as big wages, which is something that’s taken me a bit by surprise.
“One or two even have agents which is something I won’t begin to entertain.
“Quite simply we have a budget and a wage structure and we’re going to stick to it.
“It’s quite reasonable and should allow us to build a good squad, but at this stage of the summer it seems some players are holding out for more money than we’re prepared to offer.
“Maybe some feel that because we’ve just been promoted and have an impressive set-up here we’ll be throwing money around, but that’s not the case.
“It’s important the fans know that while I’ve got great faith in the current squad and it’s great we’ve been able to sign so many up for next season, I know the areas that need tweaking.”
The Robins have confirmed the opponents of more pre-season friendlies.
A home match with Skegness will take place on July 7, with visits to fellow play-off finalists Leek Town (July 14), Gresley FC (July 28) and Hucknall Town (August 7) also penned in.
Those games add to the visits of league clubs Sheffield United (July 18), Notts County (July 21), Burton Albion (July 24) and Port Vale (July 31)
Meanwhile, Tuesday night saw Wilson, chairman Dave Mantle and several members of the Robins squad gather at Ilkeston Town Hall for a civic reception.
Ilkeston mayor Jennifer Hulls presented the team with a glass trophy in recognition of their fine efforts last season, with a number of other council officials also in attendance.
Dave Mantle said: “It was with great delight that we were honoured by the mayor for our achievements in what was our first full season of senior football.
“I think it reflects just what a strong position within the community we hold, especially with the emphasis we have on youth and the increasing number of young supporters we are now attracting.”