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MANAGER: A heck of a lot of optimism

9 July 2014

Manager Graham Kavanagh on getting the right type of group

United manager Graham Kavanagh today confirmed that he is pleased with the way his squad is taking shape ahead of the new season.

“We’re very happy with the work we’ve done but we obviously still have a number of areas we want to fill,” he said.

“It’s a case of carrying on with that work and staying patient with it all until you get the deals over the line. We’re finding that agents are calling us to tell us about players now so there are options out there. 

“What we’re trying to do is make sure we get the right type of player into the club who will help to take us forward. Hopefully everyone has seen, from the signings we’ve got into the building up to now, that we’ve managed to achieve that so far.”

“There’s a really good feeling about the place at the moment and that’s important for everyone,” he continued. “We haven’t seen the lads play a game yet but there’s a lot of optimism around what we’re trying to do. Hopefully that will translate into performances, results and momentum once we get into the new season.”

“We do keep asking for patience as we look to add to the squad and the fans have been magnificent with that,” he said. “We’ll keep doing what we can to make things happen as quickly as possible but we always know that other clubs and parties are involved with every player we look at. 

“We’ve brought five very good lads in so far and the aim is to make sure those still to come are of the same mindset and calibre so that we can go on to have a successful season.”

Meanwhile the club can confirm that defender Troy-Archibald Henville, who signed on a two-year deal last week, will miss the Luton Town, Derby County and Wycombe Wanderers games as he serves out the remaining three games of a four-match suspension carried over from last season. 

Archibald-Henville, 25, picked up his second red card of the campaign in Swindon’s 2-0 defeat against Notts County at the end of April – his second sending off following his return to action for the Robins in February – and was subsequently handed a four-game statutory suspension from all first team competitive fixtures.

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