New recruits must be a fit for the Canniepairt

John Ovenstone won't be rushed into rash signings.
John Ovenstone won't be rushed into rash signings.

John Ovenstone is prepared to bide his time and make sure any new recruits at the Canniepairt fit into the style of the club.

The manager has been running the rule over a host of trialists throughout the pre-season and is set to make his move on at least one before the weekend.

He admits there has been frustration in the transfer market over the summer, but won’t be rushed into making rash signings.

That’s just the way Ovenstone is prepared to play it to make sure he gets the very best squad he can assembled for next season’s bid to regain Tayport’s Super League status.

The gaffer said: “I’ve spoken to quite a few players over the summer but a few of them have gone to Super League teams.

“If you’re free and a Super League team comes chapping then you’re going to go there and I understand that.

“We’re working hard to bring players in but we’re not panicking about it.

“We won’t get stupid; any player we bring in has to fit Tayport to come on board with us.”

A centre back, wide men and a right sided defender are top of Ovenstone’s shopping list.

One trialist, who has impressed the Canniepairt coaches, is expected to agree terms this weekend, the manager said.

‘Port have played two pre-season games so far, beating Brechin Vics 1-0 on Saturday and then suffering a 3-0 defeat to Lochee on Wednesday.

While most clubs will be in action this weekend, Ovenstone has deliberately left Saturday blank for his squad.

“We’ll be playing our under 19s,” said the boss.

“It’s a decision I made on purpose for us to have the chance to work on a few things.

“After the Brechin game and then Lochee you’re going to pick up on things you want to work on.

“If we had a game on Saturday then you don’t get that chance.

“So we’ll play the 19s and I’ll be stopping the game to coach the players and talk them through different things.”

After the weekend’s training Tayport are next in action on the park when they host Jeanfield Swifts on Wednesday evening.

Kick off at the Canniepairt is 7.00p.m.