Motherwell manager Graham Alexander says ‘it’s not sustainable’ to build squads from scratch regularly as he puts long-term plans in place at Fir Park.

Ahead of the new cinch Premiership season, Alexander has signed Liam Kelly, Callum Slattery, Kaiyne Woolery and Connor Shields on three-year contracts. Transfer fees have been paid this summer to land top targets while Kevin Van Veen, Stephen O’Donnell, Jake Carroll and Dean Cornelius are all contracted to 2023.

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Slattery is the most recent arrrival. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

The Fir Park club have signed eight new players so far this summer with several more expected to arrive, amid a backdrop of injuries to key players like Shields, Bevis Mugabi, Mark O’Hara and Liam Grimshaw. A staggering 24 players left the club at the end of last season, Alexander keen to maintain some squad stability: “It’s a real difficult scenario.

“I’ve had two windows now and it is difficult to recruit players in time to get a plan in place. We want to identify players we think can come with us for a few years. We know if someone comes and buys them, we understand where we are in the food chain.

“But if we can build some momentum through time and familiarity with the squad, then all the better. We can’t be chopping and changing the squad every window. It’s not sustainable. We have to identify the right players to do that but it shows we want to plan for, not just next season, but the future.”

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Building long-term. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Alexander is hopeful of signing at least one new player before Sunday’s Premiership opener with Hibs. 6,500 fans are set to attend the match at Fir Park, with Hibs granted an allocation of 2,000 tickets for the match.

 

The Motherwell manager said: “We are hopeful of at least one. There is something bubbling away so fingers crossed that happens this week. We have two or three other options but they are a bit further away.

“I would be cautious about being able to get them in this week and whether they would be ready for Sunday anyway. There is still work to do to get the squad where we want it.”

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