Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has revealed that his identified transfer targets will want first team football when the 2020-21 season eventually begins, writes Gareth Davies.
Speaking at a socially distanced press conference at Home Park on Wednesday, Lowe remained tight lipped on the identity of any new additions. Argyle have been linked with striker Nicky Maynard and former Bristol Rovers captain Ollie Clarke who could have been seen as a replacement for Antoni Sarcevic.
However, Clarke has linked up with his former manager Graham Coughlan at Mansfield Town, while Lowe revealed that Blackpool striker Ryan Hardie, who enjoyed a prudent loan spell with the Devonians last year, was back on their radar once more.
Answering questions put to Lowe by The Indy, the Pilgrims chief said: “The players we are looking to recruit and sign are not going to come here and sit on the bench, they will come here and play. Every member of the squad who are here are going to have someone else breathing down their neck. It’s going to be competitive and that’s what we want.”
With eight of last seasons out of contract players agreeing to extend their stay with the newly promoted League One side, Lowe also felt that having Dom Telford and Will Aimson, who both struggled for game time last season due to injury, back in the fold, they would be like new players too.
“They are like new signings for us, especially Will,” Lowe added. “We are excited to see what Will can give us and obviously, he will have to have a different type of pre-season.
“He’s got a programme he’s been working on and he looks in good condition as the injury has settled down a lot. He can do a lot more and Dom has been doing an off-season programme so they are like two new signings.
“For me, Dom is a goal machine, one of the best finishers at the football club, but we didn’t see the best of him because of injuries and Will the same.”
Lowe also gave an insight into his pre-season objectives by eluding to a four-stage plan which will eventually see his side back on the pitch in front of the Green Army. He felt that stage one was offering those out of contract new deals and with eight now committed, the 41-year-old was content with his work to date.
He mused: “I think stage one was excellent, because the commitment the boys showed, first and foremost, to get back to League One.
“To reward them with a new contract is great as they want to be here with us because they know what we’re all about and they know what the football club is all about and I was happy when they all committed. We’ve got to go through stages. The club are happy with that and we’ve come to a collective agreement on how we do that.”
Although the make-up of League One is yet to be decided due to the play-offs and Championship season not reaching their respective conclusions, Lowe is under no illusions about the challenges facing his side next term. But their passionate fan base, impressive facilities and ambitious manager mean that they will start as one of the teams to beat.