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.”
6:40am Wednesday 1st October 2014
JAMES Roberts admitted it was extra sweet to score a winner for Oxford United against rivals Swindon Town, even if it came in a behind-closed-doors game.
3:26pm Tuesday 30th September 2014
JAMES Roberts came off the bench to score the winner as Oxford United came from two goals down to win 3-2 against Swindon Town at Roman Way.
9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014
Oxford United’s position in the table is now a concern for head coach Michael Appleton, who has acknow-ledged it is taking longer than expected to improve results.
8:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014
A lacklustre Oxford United Women suffered a 5-0 thrashing at local rivals Reading, writes MATTHEW BRUCE.
10:30am Monday 29th September 2014
MICHAEL Appleton admitted Oxford United were second best where it really mattered as they lost 2-0 at Luton Town.