Buxton boss ready to bide his time

Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh
Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh

Martin McIntosh says he is prepared to play the waiting game in order to bring in the right kind of player this summer.

The Buxton manager says that pre-season is often a case of scouring the market for suitable additions to the squad.

He told the Advertiser: “It would be good if we could have everything sorted for pre-season but it rarely works like that.

“There are players that could become available throughout the summer.

“Pre-season, and the friendlies we have, gives us an option to take a look at them and also allows them to keep their options open.

“I’ve always got my eyes open.”

Earlier this week Steve Istead and Mark Reed became the latest players to commit for the 2014/15 season.

The duo follow Ash Palmer, Craig King, Liam Hardy and Shaun Tuton in penning terms.

McIntosh believes the addition of Tuton, who recently signed after rejecting a deal at rivals Matlock, bodes well for the Bucks.

He said: “Shaun is a good young striker with lots of pace.

“He’s someone who I’ve been very much interested in for a while, from when he was at Belper.

“He’s been on our radar and I think him and Liam up front will score goals for us.

“That’s certainly the area where we struggled last season, so those two will help us.”

Players report back for pre-season training on Saturday, seven days before the first friendly against League One side Chesterfield at the Silverlands on July 5.

Meanwhile, McIntosh has paid tribute to outgoing striker Lee Morris.

Morris was top-scorer last season with 22 goals but decided to drop down two tiers in the non-league pyramid and join Shaw Lane Aquaforce as player-assistant.

Despite expressing his disappointment at losing a player who found the net 47 times in two seasons, McIntosh says he fully understands the decision.

He added: “Lee was not of an age where we could offer him a contract. Had he stayed it would have been non-contract, but obviously Shaw Lane have been able to offer him that.

“He always gave me 100% during his time here. He was here for two seasons with me and I wish him all the best.”