Rams in no rush to strike
Derby will not be rushed in acquiring striker
Last Updated: May 31, 2010 4:53pm
Hooper: Linked with Rams
Championship outfit Derby insist they will take their time in landing a striker this summer.
The club have been linked with a move for Scunthorpe hot-shot Gary Hooper, who netted an impressive 19 goals to help keep the Iron in the second tier last term.
But, having signed Gareth Roberts, John Brayford, James Bailey and Tomasz Cywka and letting seven players leave since the end of the season, Rams coach Gary Crosby insists the squad is taking shape nicely and they will not rush to capture a striker.
He told the club's official website: "The squad is shaping up more for how we would like it.
"The numbers are up, in terms of quantity and also the players who we want.
"The pressure is off a bit because we have done some of the deals we wanted to do already.
"Now we can take our time on the striker to make sure we get the right one in.
"Patience is important because ultimately they are the most expensive. They do the most important thing in a game which is score goals, so we know it is a big job.
"We have players here up front who can score goals so it doesn't put as much pressure on us, but we want to add to what we've got."
He added: "It is an exciting time, but you have to try and not get too carried away.
"It is exciting to be coaching young, hungry and upcoming talent as well as good, genuine, honest, experienced professionals.
"You have to keep a lid on it and again it will be a season with ups and downs. To do well, you have to have a lucky season in many terms.
"To start with, we would like to start the season with not so many injuries and we will take it from there.
"We hope the vast majority will be fit, give or take Miles Addison and Stephen Pearson who have long-term injuries."