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Dyche On Squad Strengthening

4 July 2013

Gaffer remaining patient in recruitment drive

Sean Dyche insists the groundwork is being laid to strengthen the Clarets squad ahead of the big kick off.

The Clarets boss has so far been active in replenishing his goalkeeping pool, with Tom Heaton, Alex Cisak, Nick Liversedge and teenager Daniel Nizic joining the club over the summer.

And with just over four weeks remaining until the Championship season starts, Dyche is busy making strides behind the scenes to add to his squad in other key areas.

He explained: “As everyone can see it has been a quiet time. The market has been a bit subdued and a lot has been made of that, but the reality is we try to do our business privately and quietly because we can’t just go and throw money at every deal to make it work

“If we open up the gates to who we are after, it only alerts others who may be holding back and waiting to pounce and dive in.

“To protect the club and protect what we are trying to do behind the scenes, we just have to remain private, so there’s lot of activity going on behind the scenes and many, many phone calls. 

“You just have to wait for things to align themselves to get deals over the line.

“When the time comes, of course we want to let the fans know. All we ask is that they bear with us and let us do our business accordingly and in the correct manner for this football club.”

Dyche moved quickly once the season was over to replace outgoing goalkeepers Lee Grant, Brian Jensen and Jon Stewart.

Tom Heaton

Heaton, signed from Bristol City, was joined by ex-Australian U20 international Cisak, formerly of Oldham Athletic and ex-Whitby Town stopper Nick Liversedge to bring the complement back to three.

Australian teenager Nizic, who had been at Turf Moor on trial in the 2012/13 season,  also joined the club earlier this week to provide a conveyor belt of goalkeepers for the future.

Dyche added: “The goalkeeper situation is quite apparent. We didn’t have any, so we had to sort that and we now have different styles of goalkeepers at different levels of their development.

“Two will be considered first team goalkeepers and two will learn as they go.

“There are many other players we are trying to align, but they naturally have to fit into the financial model of the club; that’s just the way it is.

“That makes it slightly tougher at times, but we are looking at different ways of structuring deals to make sure they get over the line.

“The re-modelling of the club is that we are not always in a position to make things happen now. 

“Therefore we need to put in a process for the future of the club, whether I am here or not.

“It’s really important that the club has a future. There are many things going on, such as the ground buy-back and many others. 

“Here at Gawthorpe, the improved sports science and analysis are all designed to push the club forward as the years go on and still do it within a good financial model which protects the club.”

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