Walsall manager Jimmy Mullen is expecting to add to his squad in the next few days, with a midfielder and striker top of his shopping list.
The Saddlers boss was delighted with his side during the 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa at the Banks’s Stadium on Tuesday but admitted his rebuilding was far from over.
Mullen has been taking a look at several trialists and has been impressed with full-back Chris Palmer, former Coventry City striker Patrick Suffo and Canadian midfielder Keegan Ayre, but has yet to make up his mind about signing any of them permanently.
“I am expecting another two or three signings, and I want a midfield player and a striker,” he said. “By the Wolverhampton Wanderers game next Tuesday, we could have a few new faces in. There may be one or two casualties in terms of moving them on.
“I have not made my mind up yet on Suffo. He hasn’t done anything for six weeks so his pre-season is just starting.
“Keegan Ayre is on trial. He is a Canadian Under-20 international and has been in the full squad. He has been at Hibernian and came highly recommended by a contact of mine in Scotland. This is his second week with us and he has settled in well. There is a long way to go yet though.”
Mullen also revealed his walking wounded were not seriously injured. Rhys Weston, Paul Boertien and Richard Taundry all missed the Villa defeat after picking up knocks in training. “Weston still has a calf injury but has had a few days training now and both him and Boertien, who has jarred his knee, will be in action soon,” he said.
“They have had some training under their built now but the Villa game was too soon for them. Richard Taundry went over on his ankle fetching the ball from by the fence at the training ground. Isn’t it crazy how players can pick up injuries?”