DOVER ATHLETIC chairman Jim Parmenter today confirmed the club are in talks with a number of transfer targets that manager Clive Walker hopes to bring to Crabble.
The Whites boss wants to sign two more players to add strength to his squad and has been working on this for a number of weeks.
But during yesterday’s disappointing 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Chelmsford, striker Tommy Tyne picked up a hamstring injury, which could possibly rule him out for more than a month – although at this stage it is to early to tell exactly how long he will be on the sidelines.
Jim said: “Clive has one eye on next season because we feel the club has an excellent chance of getting promoted to the Premier Division. Naturally, we will need to strengthen because our aim is to get promoted this season and next.
“But we’ve picked up a few injuries and it has brought forward our plans to bring a couple of players in – so Clive and I will be talking to some targets this week with a view of bringing them to Crabble now.
“One of the targets is a very talented player who Clive has had his eye on for some time and there are a number of other irons in the fire.”
Chris Wright (ankle), Anthony Hogg (ankle), Walid Matata (ankle) and Kevin Lott (shin) are all struggling with injuries at the moment.
One player who will not be coming to Crabble is Cray striker Leigh Bremner, who scored a stunning goal against Whites last Tuesday and was a former Dover transfer target. He is under contract at the North Kent club and Whites are not in a position to prise him away.
Increased attendance figures, along with more income from sponsors, has enabled the Whites board to allow Clive to chase further transfer targets and hopefully bring them to Crabble.
But Jim warned: “If gates and commercial income drops off, we will have to shift players out to balance the books. If a player at the club is not performing to the level we need for the first team, then we’d have to look at moving them out.
“However, we’re delighted with the start to the season we’ve made. We boast a 100 per cent league record, which is our priority. I am confident we will win the division and certainly get promoted – and we are looking at building a strong side here at Dover Athletic.”
Clive said: “This is not a knee-jerk reaction to us losing a game. We’re not going to panic because of one defeat. I’ve been looking at bringing two more in – but with Tommy possibly out for a while it’s just made signing a player or two more of a priority.
“It’s important we have a strong squad and we’re also looking to build for next season too. In January, we’re going to be talking to all the players who are not contracted for next season anyway – with a view of tie-ing them down to new deals. So we’re also looking at bringing new lads in too.
“I want us to build a team as early as possible and that’s what we’re planning to do.”