Westley concerned with improving the squad rather than bringing new players in

Michael Doughty on the ball

Michael Doughty on the ball - Credit: Archant

TRANSFER deadline day came and went without incident at The Lamex last week, with manager Graham Westley saying he was “asleep before 11 o’ clock.”

Boro brought in a total of eight new players during the summer window, but Westley has reiterated the point that bodies will need to go out before any more come in.

“We haven’t had any offers [for the players we’re trying to move on], so we’ve just got to be patient and wait for the loan window to open.

“Our priority at the moment is to bring the best out of what we’ve got, and then identify any needs once we’ve seen that best.”

“If we were going to bring anyone in, in the loan window, it would need someone to be generous – in the same way Harry Redknapp and QPR were with the Michael Doughty deal.

“Firstly though we need to acclimatise the new lads to the new level, so there’s work to be done before we worry about players that aren’t here.”

Following Gareth Bale’s world record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid, the manager also spoke about the club’s need to sell players if they are to progress.

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“We are a club that has to sell players if we are to go forward,” said the 45 year old.

“Part of our agenda is to develop players, see their value soar and then bring funds into the club to make us a stronger outfit.

“There’s a new stand that needs building and development of players will help the infrastructure of the club and take the club forward.”

With the team gearing up for Saturday’s clash away at Tranmere Rovers, Westley gave an update on the injury status of defender Ben Chorley.

“Ben has been a long process – he’s been in rehab from operations in the summer and he’s got another long term problem that we’re coming to grips with. We need to create an environment to get him to perform at his best.

“It’s a big challenge but one that we’re getting our teeth into.”