Ainsworth optimistic new signings on the way

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have more new players joining the club by the end of the week.

After using nearly 30 players last year Ainsworth’s focus has been on bringing in quality over quantity, with the new signings he's brought in over the summer generally impressing during pre season.

But that’s meant squad numbers have on occasion been thin on the ground, with Wanderers only able to name seven substitutes against Reading on Saturday – one of whom was Ainsworth himself.

The Blues boss had a long chat with his opposite number at Reading, Nigel Adkins, after Wanderers’ latest pre season game before his post match press conference.

He was asked if that catch-up was with a view to bringing some of the Royals’ talented youngsters in on loan and Ainsworth said: “You never know. Things like this are important to us, those connections. They have got a great youth setup there, they won one of the youth cups last year.

“There’s a lot of teams in the leagues below us able to get players in more than we are, but I’m working on it. I think we’ll be having a couple before the end of the week.”

The lack of numbers means Ainsworth is less prepared to take a risk on players carrying slight injuries.

Stuart Lewis, Paris Cowan-Hall and Joe Jacobson were all declared unavailable to face Reading the day before the game, although Ainsworth insisted none of the trio are suffering serious ailments.

He said: “They are not major things but they could be major things if they play through pain and play through little knocks. While we haven’t got a massive squad we are going to have to look after players.

“If I can get a couple more players in we can perhaps take risks on players and get a few minutes into them, but I’m not prepared to do that and not go into the season with everybody fit. That’s my aim, to have everyone fit.

“It’s tough juggling that but we are doing OK.”

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