WIMBORNE Town boss Matty Holmes said he would be “careful” when looking at potential new recruits – but insisted he was looking to strengthen his squad.

Magpies are waiting for their promotion to Southern League South next season to be rubber-stamped after they accepted the opportunity to compete at step three.

They have lost Sam Bayston and Matt Oldring from the squad which finished a club record third in Southern League West last season.

But the Cuthbury manager revealed there had been plenty of interest from potential new recruits.

He told the Daily Echo: “We have had five or six emails from different players who have expressed interest in coming over.

“With that, you just have to be careful. The lads email you looking to start and play, which is great, but I have to look at the players in the positions we have and think whether they are going to get in front of them.

“It is always a busy time of year because you have to know the players who are worth coming in to train. You can give them a deal but they have to be better than what we have.

“One or two of them might come and train in pre-season, have a look at us, and see what we are about.”

As well as being approached by potential trialists, Holmes has also been trying to land other targets.

He added: “We have spoken to a couple of players, there was one we couldn’t afford so, unfortunately, it fell through.

“It wasn’t in our wage structure which was a shame because the lad wanted to come to us. We will hunt again and we are trying to talk to one or two more to add to our small squad.

“We do really need a body in, which we are seriously looking at.”