Ebbsfleet United boss Garry Hill doesn’t need anybody counting his squad numbers for him as he prepares for the first pre-season friendly of the summer.
Plenty of observers have been keen to helpfully tot up the running totals but the man in control of the process is losing no sleep.
“We’ve got 10 now and – obviously – I’m pretty confident we’ll have more than 10 players in a month’s time!” he said. “We know we’re a little bit behind other clubs in respect of signings, nobody has to tell us that, but it’s July 5th, there’s no panic. A month ago we had no new signings. We’ve had to play a bit of a waiting game this summer with the May window that we gave players.
“That’s what we’ve had to do this year and just get on with it, this summer has been about going back to basics. So, yes, it has been difficult to do too much too early and with players leaving, we’ve been able to see a fuller picture of what budget we’ve got.”
Some targets have come and gone but with 25+ years in the game, the Fleet boss has seen it all before.
“We’ve missed out on a few, that’s football,” he said. “That happens every club every season. I’m quite relaxed about the way it’s going. I’m only going to work with 17 or 18 players this year. The days of having six or seven players spare, that’s not going to happen.”