Oxford United’s summer targets are all likely to be free agents, with Gary Waddock confident there is enough quality among the pool of players out of contract to improve the squad.
The close season is now into its fourth week, but the U’s have yet to complete a signing.
Room in the first-team squad has been freed up by releasing Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and Scott Davies, along with loanees Ryan Williams, Nicky Wroe and David Connolly.
James Constable has followed them out of the exit door after turning down a new contract, while Tom Newey continues to consider his options.
While three players have been promoted from the youth team, Waddock is also looking elsewhere to bolster the ranks.
But the head coach, like many in Sky Bet League Two, will use the resources at his disposal on wages, rather than fees.
He said: “There are a lot of good players out there who are going to be out of contract.
“We will be able to pick up a couple of them, I’m sure.
“There’s no right and wrong way to do it, you’ve just got to get a group of players who are committed and determined to be successful.
“We were close this year, we need to get a little bit closer next year.”
2:00pm Friday 24th April 2015
KEMAR Roofe has an added motivation to finish the season strongly with Oxford United – he has not given up hope of playing for West Bromwich Albion.
12:00pm Friday 24th April 2015
SITTING on the bench was a rare situation for Chey Dunkley before he signed for Oxford United, but the defender is determined to come out the other side a better player.
9:30am Friday 24th April 2015
Jake Wright is one of the Oxford United players who have opened contract talks this week – and the captain has made it clear he would love to stay.
9:20am Friday 24th April 2015
IT was an embarrassment, made worse by the fact it was screened live on Sky Sports.
9:10am Friday 24th April 2015
George Baldock is unlikely to feature again for Oxford United this season, but he is on head coach Michael Appleton’s wish-list this summer.