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SCOUTS WON'T IGNORE GEMS.

Byline: Bill Howell

CHIEF scout Dave Bowman says the club will continue to keep an eye on the British market despite the success of summer buys from the continent.

The arrival of Bakary Sako, Tongo Doumbia, Slawomir Peszko, Bjorn Sigurdarson, Razak Boukari and Georg Margreitter represented a huge shift from the Mick McCarthy era where the club bought mainly from the lower leagues.

"We had a policy at the club of trying to recruit young and hungry footballers," said Bowman.

"That was the aim when we first came into the club with the recruitment of players like Matt Jarvis, Stephen Ward and Michael Kightly, as well as spending more on people like Kevin Doyle and Steven Fletcher, who moved on this summer for a much bigger fee than we paid for him.

"We won't be losing track of that because there are still some gems out there on the British market, in the lower leagues, especially the Under-21 league.

"We will scour those leagues as well as the Football League and non-league trying to find some bargains which can be developed into footballers to help us."

Bowman revealed a transformation of the club's recruitment policy had been carried out since Stale Solbakken's arrival.

"Our scouting network at European level has been in place for the last four years or so since Taff Evans gave up his assistant manager duties and became our European scout," he said.

"We also recruited two scouts based purely in France who can also cover Belgium and Holland.

"We added Jack Whitham to the scouting network, who is also a European scout, as well as involved in match assessments of the opposition.

Jack is in Europe regularly and I am in Europe regularly on top of the other scouts we have there. Using Stale and Johan Lange's contacts we will also be covering more of Europe and hopefully identifying more players to bring in during the future as we did in the last window.

"It is nothing new to us to look at players in Europe - it has just been about expanding the system and bringing in Stale and Johan's contacts throughout Europe and Scandinavia.

Once those players are identified we can send our senior staff to watch them in action and make recommendations to the manager as we always have."

Bowman says work has already begun in earnest towards the January transfer window.

"We will be planning for the next window, working with Stale and Johan to identify the next targets that we will be looking for to strengthen the team with players to try and help us do well this season and also hopefully in the Premier League when we get back there," added Bowman.

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