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Crusaders to make late dip into market

Published 29/08/2009

Stephen Baxter has his sights on tying up a couple of last minute deals with the clock starting to tick down towards the close of the transfer window.

The Crusaders manager is hoping to supplement the summer arrival of Ryan McCann — and another couple of players who have only been on the fringes of the first-team so far — by signing players that will give Shore Road men the best possible chance of being in a challenging position in the Carling Premiership come the New Year.

Clubs here have until midnight on Monday to complete moves. After a summer when there has been very little movement outside of the likes of McCann, Richard Clarke, Neil Teggart, Alan Blayney, Andy Smith, Stuart King, Glenn Ferguson and Curtis Allen switching clubs, it is unlikely we’ll see anything big come off late on.

Baxter, however, is continuing to work on fresh faces coming to Seaview.

“We have one or two things that are on the horizon and if possible I would like to do some business before the window closes,” said Baxter.

“I am happy with the squad that I have, we have added to it over the last couple of years and we’re strong with good competition for places, but if there is a chance for us to bring someone in then I’d like to do that.

“At present it’s 50-50 and if we are to bring players in then it may be that one or two have to go out as well.

“Financially we don’t have a lot to work with, we are working on a higher wage bill than last season, so that will restrain us a bit, but we will do what we can.”

The Crues will go to the top of the Carling Premiership this evening if they see off current leaders Dungannon Swifts in a top-of-the-table battle at Stangmore Park this afternoon.

The Swifts are very much surprise early pace setters after being involved in a promotion/relegation play-off last season and remain unbeaten with four wins.

Belfast Telegraph

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