PAUL Hurst will be keeping us up-to-date with the incomings and outgoings throughout the summer. This is his first update.
Has Wembley sunk in now?
That feeling is still there, to be honest. You move on and you get on with life but at any quiet moments you can easily think back to that. I think until I'm back in and working with all the players, there's going to be an element of that. Wycombe struck a chord with myself. I felt for Gareth Ainsworth. It wasn't nice watching the penalties, from my point of view. A lot of the times you watch penalty shoot outs and you enjoy it. I didn't get that feeling and I felt for each player in the team that was stepping up. We experienced it ourselves and it is never nice.
The whole season depends on those fine margins doesn't it?
With ourselves, I still, I guess I've got to let it go, but the obvious refereeing decision, in terms of the goalkeeper. However many people I've spoken to or people that have mentioned it, everyone says that it is a blatant sending off. And I think that the fact that Steve Mildenhall was getting ready to come on, spoke volumes. Also the incident with Taylor that I said at the time. Ultimately I've got to let it go and move on.
You must be pleased to get Craig Disley and Jon Paul Pittman done?
Yes delighted. Diz has been the captain since he came to the club and was one of our first signings. It seems strange now but I can remember there were question marks about his fitness and things like that. But what a good servant he has been and will continue to be. He hasn't shown any signs of ageing and looks after himself very well. He's well respected at the football club and in the dressing room. So I'm really pleased to get him on-board.
On JP. I think he is as good a forward that we've got on his day. Ultimately it is about him just staying fit. If he can do that, his career suggests that there is an element of risk there, but deals are all about what suits and it's a good deal for us and a good deal for the player. Hopefully, not that he needs to, he wants to try and put right the penalty miss at Wembley. I said at the time, there is no blame attached to him. Unfortunately he did miss and that is the name that people remember. It's not his fault in the slightest but I know that he wants to knuckle down and have a really good season. I'm looking forward to getting him back in and hopefully seeing him score goals, to hopefully go one better.
Any sign of any of the others following suit?
I've had some positive chats. I think one or two are certainly moving closer. So hopefully, in the not too distant future, we will have some more positive news.
What about new players - have you made any contact with any targets?
I've spoken to a couple of lads that would interest me. Again it is early days. I say the same every year. People will want to weigh up their options and check that things are right for them. I've made a couple of enquiries so we will see where that takes us.
If the majortity of the players who you have made offers to return, you will be in a good position when the new season kicks off?
There is an element of us knowing each other and there is no bedding in period required. No matter what happens, I am confident that we will have a squad capable of being at the right end of the table again. That's what I am desperate for again. We know that the club is an attractive proposition for the players.
Sometimes there are one or two other factors that make decisions a little bit more difficult. But over all, if you look at the other clubs in our league, we are right up there. The Wembley experience, people would have watched that, seen the crowd and the fans. I think that generally there is some knowledge out there amongst players that, know what it is about, what I am about, and what we are trying to achieve. There's a lot of positives there, but it would be nice to keep the core of the squad together.
We are hoping to announce two more signings in the next couple of days. Stay here for all the news this summer.