Kevin Blackwell admits he does not have the biggest budget to work with, but is still looking to recruit.
The Sheffield United boss has been unable to splash the cash this summer as he attempts to piece together a promotion-winning squad, but has been able to conduct some useful business.
He has been able to tie key men down on fresh terms, while also bringing in a few extra bodies for a limited outlay.
"Like everybody else, money is tight at the moment and we haven't got the greatest set of funds," Blackwell told Sky Sports News.
"But we have got a decent set of players. Leon Britton, from Swansea, I think was a terrific signing, Johnny Ertl, the re-signing of (Stephen) Quinn, (Chris) Morgan and (Nick) Montgomery were big for us. I think that gives us the base of a decent squad."
He added: "We have had plenty of trialists in but at the moment we haven't signed any.
"It's very difficult for players to come in, to be fair, because they have to come in and do the job you are looking for them to do straight away. We haven't been blessed at the moment in being able to sign any of the trialists we have had."
Blackwell accepts that any further business he is able to complete between now and the start of the season is likely to see players drafted in on short-term loan deals.
He said: "Last year we had 17 loans, we had 27 debuts last year. That makes management tough because you have got a lot of new players coming in at once.
"What we have done this season is re-sign the players we feel will take the club forward, try to sign as many as we can, and what we would like to do now is sign one or two loan players to fill the holes in. That would put us in a lot better position than we were in last year. I hope to sign one or two this week and we will have a fairly strong squad."
One of those set to be missing for the start of the new campaign is Darius Henderson, with Blackwell revealing that the powerful striker is nursing a serious hamstring problem.
"Darius did nearly all of pre-season but could only seem to get up to 80 per cent fitness, it was that last little bit of sharpness we couldn't seen to get into him," he said.
"Darius was complaining about pain towards the top part of his leg and unfortunately, when another specialist looked at it, it looks as though the tendon has come off the bone at the top of his hamstring.
"That's a four to six month job and we are bitterly disappointed to have lost him. But we have signed (Daniel) Bogdanovic, we have got (Jamie) Ward, (Richard) Cresswell, (Ched) Evans so the one area we are covered is up front."