Walsall manager Jimmy Mullen believes he is about to be rewarded for his restraint in the transfer market this summer.
The Saddlers are due to return to training next Wednesday at their new facilities in Essington but so far Mullen has yet to recruit any new players and as things stand he will have just 12 contracted players to work with.
However, at Thursday's official kit launch, the former Burnley boss said his patience was about to be rewarded with news of the first of what he hopes will be a flurry of signings.
Mullen may have been criticised in some quarters for what could be perceived as a lack of urgency in his squad building but the Saddlers boss said he would not be rushed into making rash signings simply to bolster the squad. Instead, he was taking his time to bring in the right type of player.
“We are getting closer,” he said. “The biggest problem we have had is players and agents being away on holiday. It is a case of sitting them all down together, rather than talk to one and then the other. Hopefully, in the next few days we can make an announcement.
“We could very easily just go out and sign players but I am very mindful that the players we sign have to be right for this club. I am not going to be rushed into doing anything I don’t want to do. I want to make sure that any player that comes to this club is the right player, both on and off the field.
“We are working hard on the situation and we are close to being rewarded for our hard work throughout the summer. Paul Taylor (football consultant) has been tremendous in helping me during the summer months and between us we are hopeful that in the next three or four days we will make a couple of announcements.
“We are looking to strengthen the squad and we are so close to that.
“It has been quite a while now since I was announced as the new manager and I am itching to get on the grass and get working with the players,” he said.