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Boss plans squad assessment

15 June 2015

Nigel Adkins says assessing the players he already has contracted at his disposal will be a crucial part of the early pre-season work, when the players return to training at the end of June.

The new Blades boss, who is aware that his team will need to be more productive as an attacking force next season, as well as being more frugal at the other end of the pitch, believes the squad he inherits from previous manager Nigel Clough has plenty of quality within it, but says modifying during the current transfer window is likely.

He remarked: "We aren't looking to move anyone on, we want to have honest conversations with all the lads and progress from there.

"The retained list was announced prior to our arrival, so we will take stock of everything and move forward in a positive manner, conducting several chats privately behind the scenes.

"The facts from last season prove that we didn't score enough and we conceded too many, improving those two factors will be our first aim to give us the best chance of winning promotion."

Adkins added: "We want to enhance the group with the right players at the right time, we want to unite the Club and have everyone on and off the field pulling in the same direction.

"If we can make the right decisions in that regard, then we give ourselves an opportunity to be successful, but we would never rule out using the loan market at some point throughout the season.

"Teams have done well by using that to their advantage in the past and we will always be looking to improve, although we won't be reliant on it."

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