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PLANS FOR NEW FACES AT BOOTLE; BOOTLE.

BOOTLE manager Joe Doran plans to move quickly in the transfer market having already lined up two new signings. The Bucks boss has identified a pair of centre-halves he wants to add to the squad for next season's North West Counties Premier Division campaign.

Doran says he will look to bolster the team's attacking options with forwards and creative wide-men also on his shopping list for the summer.

And the young manager admits he may be forced into signing a new left-back with captain Paul Byrne considering retirement at the end of the season.

Doran believes Bootle are well stocked in central midfield but he wants to strengthen their backline while also adding a new spark going forward.

"In certain areas we are quite all right," Doran said.

"But at centre-half I have already lined up two lads to come to us from a higher level to add to what we already have. With regards to the left-back area, a lot will depend on Paul Byrne, our captain. He is thinking about retiring at the end of the season. He is only 31 and to lose him would be a major blow.

"But good left-backs are few and far between. I've seen a couple that I'm interested in but it will take time.

"And I think we also need a centre-forward and a winger. In central midfield we have four of the best around so we need to improve our goal-scoring and that bit of creativity.

"I can't put an exact number on how many new players we want though."

Bootle are unbeaten in their last four matches but Doran admits some of his players are lacking motivation as the season winds down.

And so he will tell his players to "ramp" up intensity today when they visit Colne.

Bootle have three league games remaining before they face Tranmere Rovers in the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup.

Places in the starting line-up are up for grabs but Doran says the squad are also playing for their places next season.

"It has been a bit stop-start over the last few weeks," he added.

"We had a couple of good results after the euphoria of beating Everton because that helped carry us through.

"But then reality has struck and if you're not competing for the league then it can be difficult to motivate the lads.

"That has come to the fore in the big games. Against the teams around us we have performed really well but when you go to places such as Wigan Robin Park, as we did recently, then you can see it in one or two of the players. They are struggling to motivate themselves enough.

"But I am going to try and ramp it up between now and the end of the season. We have big games this weekend, one more in the league next week and then the Cup final.

"We've been in charge for around 15 games now and some of the lads have seen the way the team is shaping up and realising who is first-choice.

"But there is still a close-season to come where there are a lot of players available.

"I was left with a squad in decent nick but these additions that we brought in can't rest on their laurels because players become available in the summer and I've already got my eye on a few."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2014
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