Gray and Golds under ‘no pressure’ to reduce squad after latest arrivals

Michael Malcolm slots home the Saints' first goal of the afternoon. Picture: Leigh Page

Michael Malcolm slots home the Saints' first goal of the afternoon. Picture: Leigh Page - Credit: Archant

James Gray and Graham Golds are under “no pressure” to reduce St Albans City’s squad in the wake of last week’s arrivals.

Jamal Lowe, Manny Soetan and Michael Malcolm all signed on Friday and helped the Saints to a 2-0 win over Concord Rangers at Clarence Park. Malcolm scored and Lowe won a penalty, which was converted by John Frendo.

At the same time as the arrivals, City announced the departures of Cameron Lancaster and Elliot Bailey, who has joined Dunstable Town on dual registration.

Joint manager Gray has, in recent weeks, said he was working on a one-in, one-out system but, despite bringing in three and sending out two, he is under no pressure to tinker with the squad.

“We’ll have to have a look because we can’t have a squad of 22, 23 players and don’t want players on the bench week in week out,” he said. “It’s a pet hate of mine to see a player who hasn’t got as many minutes as they would like in two or three games.

“We’re under no pressure to move players out, though. We’re not massively over budget; we’re not in a situation where we’re going to cripple the club. You might not see anybody but there might be a loan. We’re more concentrated on bringing in players that we want.”

Gray may not want to see players sitting around who aren’t involved but he also needs a strong enough team for a successful run-in. The Saints have 13 games left of the 2014/15 Vanarama Conference South season.

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“We want to keep a strong squad for a good run in. We’ve got 13 games left and we want to finish as high as we can, which will enable us to talk to players for next season,” he said.

“The higher you finish, it’s an easier conversation to have when trying to bring players in.”