Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny says that the club must be ‘realistic’ about potential transfer targets.
Kenny is hoping to add players to his squad when the transfer window opens on July 1 and a friendly with Glentoran at Oriel Park on Sunday which will give him the chance to run the rule over some potential new recruits.
One of those who is expected to be on show is Simon Kelly who last played with the club in 2009 under Sean Connor. Kelly has recently returned from Australia and joined up with the squad when first-team training resumed last Sunday.
“With Keith Ward’s injury and the inevitable suspensions that we will pick up, I do think we need to strengthen”, said Kenny. “We possibly could have added to the squad even if Keith hadn’t got injured.”
Dundalk have been lined with players such as Mark Quigley and Eamonn Zayed in recent weeks but Kenny said that the club’s wage structure would rule out moves for that calibre of player.
“There has been some high profile players mentioned towards the club but realistically our wage structure is not geared towards those kind of players”, said Kenny.
“It’s not realistic for us to be signing the higher profile players in the league but that doesn’t mean we can’t sign quality”, he added. “We have to unearth players. Whether that happens, we’ll have to wait and see.”