John Coleman says that the January business done by Accrington Stanley is a signal of the club’s intentions this season.
Last night, Stanley beat the 11pm deadline to seal a permanent return to the club for defender Harvey Rodgers, becoming the Reds seventh addition of the window.
Rodgers joined Callum Johnson and Jonny Maxted in putting pen-to-paper on a permanent contract this month and Coleman is delighted with the deals he’s been able to do.
“I’d like to think that we’re in a stronger position now than before the window opened,” he said. “We’ve made signings that will enhance what we’ve already got and give us real strength in depth.
“I think we’ve got a squad that will be able to cope with two or three injuries and suspensions, there’s certainly a lot to play for, for this club and for the players that come to this club.
“We’ve been able to spend money on three players this window. It’s a sign of our intentions, but at the same time we have to have a prudent fiscal policy, we don’t waste money and that gives us the opportunity to be able to do business when the right deal becomes available to us.”
Rodgers, 21, rejoined Stanley last night from Fleetwood, returning following an impressive loan spell in the second half of last season, and Coleman says he’s pleased to finally get his man.
“It wasn’t ideal to leave it so late and that was never our intention, we made enquiries about Harvey six weeks ago,” he explained. “He knows the club and his keenness to come back here meant a lot, that’s the type of player that we want.
“It will help that he’s already been here, there won’t be any bedding in period. He knows the players and he’s well liked and respected in the dressing room.
“We wanted a permanent deal and I think that shows Harvey’s commitment to the club, we wanted to avoid the situation of having too many loan deals at the end of this window. He’s ambitious and he here’s here to help us achieve our goals this season.”
Coleman also confirmed that with Seamus Conneely now back in training, he is close to having a fully-fit squad at his disposal.