Head of Recruitment, Adam Drew, confessed it has been a strange time at Concord Rangers.
With non-league football left somewhat in the dark since the early curtailment of the season, most clubs have been left counting the cost and questioning not only when, but who will be lining up with them once the game resumes.
It has been little different at the Aspect Arena, although Drew believed the Beach Boys prudent attitude left them reasonably placed perhaps in comparison to other clubs when it comes to keeping hold of their current squad, and indeed, making subtle additions to an already talented group.
“It’s been a strange time,” Drew told Yellow Sport.
“We have no idea when we are going back – that is the biggest stumbling block. Also, nobody can commit to a budget at the moment which has left most clubs in limbo.
“I think the biggest thing for us this year is that because we had to recruit a whole new squad at the beginning of last season – we literally brought in sixteen boys together – and they did so well, fit in and know exactly what we are all about, so we want to keep the majority of the group together.”
The former Maldon & Tiptree and Heybridge Swifts man continued: “We have spoken to everybody and are fortunate in a way because we don’t have to bring in that many.
“If the current group all agree to stay, then we only really want to add two or three. But that’s dependent on budget. If it remains the same, we know where we are at.”
Despite believing the current Concord squad is more than satisfactory, Drew explained that he is still actively looking at potential signings, not only to strengthen but to replace players who might get an opportunity to forge a career at a higher level.
“I’ve probably spoken to twenty-two potential signings – I’ve not stopped.
“A lot of our boys have done very well and will have attracted attention from bigger clubs, perhaps offering professional deals. If they are to move on, then we have to be in a position to replace them.
“It’s only natural for talented footballers at our level to aim for a professional deal and I wouldn’t stand in their way if that opportunity came along off the back of the work we have done.
“For me, If a player gets that opportunity, that’s immense. We have our ambitions but are realistic here at Concord. Only so many teams can win the league and cup competitions, but if you can help get a boy back into the professional game, that can be just as satisfying.”