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Turner: "Paul's Got His Targets"

26 June 2014

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Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner revealed that Paul Cook has his eye on a number of potential signings as the League 1 season draws closer.

The 55-year-old supports Cook's approach to squad strengthening and believes that only the best players should be targets for the Spireites boss.

Turner said: "We can sign players tomorrow and bring them in, but are they better than what we've got? Will they improve us? Will they be able to handle League 1? Will they take us where we want to go?

"Paul's got his targets and he's been chasing these targets through the summer - one or two are coming down to the wire now. They're the most difficult players to sign because they're either sought after or are difficult to prise away from clubs.

"I believe that by the first game of the season Paul will have his squad intact and we'll be happy to go into the League 1 season."

Despite acknowledging Cook's transfer ambitions, the chief executive firmly believes that the current squad forms a strong base from which to build a successful campaign in the third tier of English football. 

"The difficult thing for us is that we believe that we've got a very talented squad of players and it's trying to improve on the playing squad that we already have," explained Turner.

"I firmly believe that the playing squad we've got here now is already equipped to do well in League 1. We're trying to add to it and give ourselves the opportunity to challenge further up the table."

The former Sheffield Wednesday manager recently spent time in Kuwait in a move to drum up interest in Chesterfield and attract potential overseas sponsors to the club.

Speaking about the trip, he said: "I'm trying to look outside the box because every football club needs extra finance from somewhere, I'm trying to expand the brand name of Chesterfield.

"The interest was enormous - people are interested in the club, they want to learn more and some of them want to get involved in supporting the club in different ways."

To watch the full interview, log on to Spireites Player.

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