DEREK Adams’ pre-season dealings are well underway and the Argyle manager believes that Gary Sawyer and Jake Jervis are good additions to a squad...
...that he expects to further strengthen in the coming days.
Former Pilgrim Sawyer became Derek’s first addition last week, signing a one-year deal to return to Home Park in a move that the boss sees as much more than an ode to the past.
“Obviously Gary is well known to the Plymouth fans,” said Adams, “an experienced left-back, 29 years of age. We’ve got him from Leyton Orient and we’re delighted to get him back on board. He’ll be a good addition to the squad.”
The defender was quickly joined by a striker, as former Notts County, Birmingham City and Ross County forward Jake Jervis arrived in the South West to sign a one-year contract of his own, reuniting with his former boss.
“I signed him for Ross County,” said Adams, “and he’s been around quite a bit in the English scene – he had a lot of loan moves from Birmingham. He’s a striker that’s tall, quick and agile, and he’ll work well and give competition for the rest of the squad.”
The set of Pilgrims that will start the 2015-16 season is clearly beginning to take shape, then, and Adams is feverishly working behind the scenes to do more business. He had a simple message for the Green Army: there are more to come.
“There’s a lot of players out there,” said Adams, “and a lot of players out of contract. It just depends on the market we’re in financially to get the players in.
“We’re quite happy with the additions we’ve had so far – they’ll add to the squad that’s already here – and we’re hopeful of concluding a few deals this week.
“It’s important, because we’re obviously thin on the ground, but if we can do that, we’ll have a good core of the squad.”