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.”
6:04pm Tuesday 13th October 2015
CALLUM O’Dowda played 90 minutes as Republic of Ireland Under 21s lost 1-0 to Italy in a Euro 2017 qualifier.
5:10pm Tuesday 13th October 2015
Patrick Hoban scored all three goals as Oxford United's development side won 3-1 at Aston Villa.
2:36pm Tuesday 13th October 2015
Oxford United defender Freddie Grant has been loaned out to Farnborough for a month.
2:47pm Tuesday 13th October 2015
Oxford United will be backed by a sold out away end for their Sky Bet League Two clash against Leyton Orient on Saturday.
9:30am Tuesday 13th October 2015
Oxford United have made their best start to a season since returning to the Football League in 2010 and Johnny Mullins believes the squad are better-equipped to last the distance than in their previous spell at the sharp end.