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Cherries: After striker arrivals, Groves turns attentions to defence
BOSS Paul Groves is keen to bolster his defensive resources as he looks to put the finishing touches to his Cherries squad ahead of the new campaign.
Groves, who this week completed the signing of striker Frank Demouge, has told the Daily Echo he is also targeting a central defender and a left-back.
The departure of Warren Cummings and Paddy Hester has left Charlie Daniels as the only recognised left-back on the books.
And although Groves would like to draft in former loan star Miles Addison on a permanent basis from Derby, he is likely to face competition from Championship clubs.
Groves is expected to monitor second year professional Dan Strugnell from a development squad, leaving Adam Barrett, Steve Cook and Stephane Zubar as his three central defenders.
“We are still looking to address the centre-half and left-back position with regard to putting together a balanced squad,” said Groves.
“We have got a number of players who can play different positions but, if you are looking at natural left-backs, it is an area we will be looking to strengthen to add competition.”
Groves added: “We would like two players for every position. In one or two areas, we might end up with one extra. We might have four or five wide players, five central midfielders and five strikers.
“We are trying to balance the squad.”
Groves, meanwhile, said he had no update on the situation regarding Addison, although it is understood the two clubs remain in dialogue.
Asked for his thoughts on the coming season, Groves said: “We will be looking for the team to develop over the course of the season and to play attractive and attacking football with energy.
“The work and preparation will be done in pre-season but it takes time to build and cement partnerships and an understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
“We had a taste of the division at the end of the season and didn’t think there were too many teams that gave us lots of problems. I know there are arguments for and against that but we will be looking to be progressive in what we do.”
Groves added: “Talk is cheap and the talking has to be done on the pitch. It is one thing having a team on paper but they have got to produce on the pitch and that is going to be down to us and the players.
“You can guarantee we will work extremely hard and there will be lots of detail in the work we do and we will keep improving as the season goes on.”