Tranmere Rovers manager Rob Edwards is focusing on using youth over the loan system next season, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Tranmere used fifteen players from the loan market all through last season, but still didn’t help in anyway as they were relegated to the Sky BET League Two.
Edwards took over the sacked Ronnie Moore at the end of the season and has revealed that the youth will be given a chance to show what they can do instead of relying on loan players to make success. The loan system will only be used if needed.
“It’ll only happen [loan signings] if I feel players for whatever reason players don’t perform or if we need to strengthen in certain areas,” the former Welsh international said.
“I don’t want to go down that route, I want to give the players that are here a chance. You have to remember that a lot of the players that are here have played in League One and in a good team in League One. They’ve been in a team that, from what I can see, shouldn’t have been in the position they ended up in.” Edwards added.
“With a bit of confidence and a bit of freedom about their play those players can perform. It’s small margins winning and losing football matches and last year for whatever reason the team went down. But there were still strong performers on the pitch who have played at a higher level so I’m keen not to throw all that away.”
Edwards is targeting three to four signings before the season starts with defenders at the top of his list.
“I think it’s difficult to sign players full stop and there are a couple of clubs at this level who are throwing a lot of money around. They are signing a lot of players but most clubs haven’t made too many signings.” he added.
“We’re going to bring three or four players in and we’ve just got to make sure they’re the right ones to take us forward and have an affect on the first team. That is [signing defenders] priority and that’s where my time has been spent.
We’ve got no centre halves at the club just Antoine Boland who is a younger player. We need to bring in two possibly three centre halves.”