Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon is on the hunt for another goalkeeper to challenge former Blackpool shot-stopper Mark Halstead for the No.1 spot.
Halstead’s capture last week brought the number of professional goalkeepers at the club to three, along with England youth internationals Callum Burton and Harry Lewis who were offered pro deals in Februrary.
Mellon is keen to develop both youngsters but regarding the fight for the No.1 jersey next season, he said: “I want to bring in another goalkeeper. The two young lads, we are going to keep developing. I am fully aware of them and I want them to keep progressing.
“But certainly Mark is a lad who has probably played second fiddle at Blackpool for longer than he would want to to do.
“He’s a lad with good potential, and who has come here with great desire to get better. We do want to bring in another goalkeeper and let them two battle it out.”
Mellon has also been stepping up his efforts to bring in further recruits at the other end of the pitch.
James Collins, who returned for a second spell with Town last week having re-joined from Hibernian, is the club’s only signed first-team striker so far.
But Mellon said: “I was speaking to a couple of forwards yesterday. Strikers are probably the hardest players to get in but we are speaking to some good, exciting strikers who I believe will come here and do very well.”
Mellon also remains hopeful that he will be able to add Tom Bradshaw’s name to his list of forwards for next season.
Bradshaw, who scored seven goals in the last campaign, was offered a new contract at the end of the season along with defender Connor Goldson.
Mellon said: “At the minute I haven’t had time to sit down with them and speak about that but hopefully they want to be part of this fantastic journey and they want to help this club fight back.
“I know what their capabilities are. They are young, they can still get better and I want to keep improving them.”Subscribe to our Newsletter