AFC Telford United boss Gavin Cowan is not far away from completing his summer business as he aims to have a tight-knit squad.

The Bucks had 22 players feature in Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Aston Villa – five of those were trialists and another was youth team standout Harry Walker.

Cowan insists it would be unrealistic, both financially and in trying to keep everyone happy, to continue with that number.

He has 16 players tied down and it is thought he would like to sign a full-back, winger and a goalkeeper to be content.

“The budget isn’t going to allow us to work with that sort of number,” said Cowan.

“Where we are at the moment is a luxurious position, in terms of that we’ve got a few places which need filling – and these lads are really eager to play for the football club.

“That’s what I want, I want players who want to be here and are desperate to play for the club.

“They’re expressing that at the moment and doing a really good job.

“At the moment we’ve got the luxury of having 22. As it goes on, though, a few will fall by the wayside.”

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