Kidderminster Harriers will once again not be rushed into their summer recruitment, says boss John Eustace.
As with any other ‘off season’, there are a number of clubs who are doing their business early, having racked up a number of headline-making acquisitions before many supporters have even got their flip-flops out.
Make no mistake; the management team at Aggborough as furiously busy as any other in the country as they look to build on their squad for the forthcoming campaign – but Eustace is insistent that deals will only be done once all is in order.
It mirrors the approach they took last season – the likes of Liam Truslove and Ryan Crosdale were among the additions late on – and the gaffer stressed it’s the best way to go.
“We took our time last year and we have to make sure we get the right kind of characters in the building,” Eustace told us.
“We did it throughout the season last season as well and it is very important.
“Financially we cannot afford to waste our money and throw big contracts around, but when the right kind of player and character comes along we’ll try and get them in.
“As long as we take our time and do our research properly, the right players will come along.”
As with any approach and philosophy, the proof is very much in the pudding.
While Harriers suffered play-off heartbreak in 2016/17; a runners-up position, play-off campaign and FA Cup run to the First Round wasn’t exactly a haul to be sniffed at considering the management team started largely from scratch.
Eustace is adamant that those wearing the red and white next year must be characters from the right mould – not only on the pitch, but off it, too.
“That’s what I want and, again, it’s what we did last year – we were hungry throughout and we were competitive,” he added.
“We want to develop individuals as players and as people; you have to do that on and off the pitch.
“We did it with the whole group last season and I think that reflected in our performances, so hopefully we can do the same this year.”