Boss Wotton is content with City’s goalscoring options
24th March 2021
By Gareth Davies
Truro manager Paul Wotton isn’t actively pursuing a replacement for departed striker Kieran Hayes.
The former Nottingham Forest academy product left Truro last week to join Philippines champions United City and Hayes will take part in the Asian Champions League at his new club.
That leaves Wotton with Tyler Harvey, Rocky Neal and Alex Battle (pictured left) to scrap it out for the striking berths next term.
With utility man Niall Thompson and player-coach Stewart Yetton also available to call upon when needed, Wotton says he’s comfortable with his lot currently, whilst revealing he did not want Hayes to leave the club.
“I have three strikers in Tyler, Rocky and Alex Battle vying for two positions and a centre forward isn’t top of my recruitment list,” Wotton told the Voice. “I know Niall Thompson can play there at a push so I am comfortable with the three I have at the moment.
“If a striker crops up then I would be interested though as we do have irons in fires all over the place but that isn’t my most pressing position to fill at the moment.
“I didn’t want to lose Kieran Hayes - I must say that. It was a life opportunity for him and I couldn’t stand in his way, but we didn’t see the best of Kieran at Truro. He came to us after not having a proper pre-season and he is a proper, proper player and we really didn’t want to lose him.He is a great guy and we wish him all the best but things like this happen in football.”
When asked about any potential targets, Wotton was understandably coy at this stage although, when pressed, he did reveal that a defender and midfielder were top of his shopping list. However, the 43-year-old also added that he will need to let players go before he brings any new faces in to the club, who will ground share with Plymouth parkway next term.
He added: “I can’t really say too much about the specific positions I want to strengthen in because those players currently occupying those positions haven’t been released yet.
“We are looking to improve all over the pitch and I think we probably need another central midfielder and we need another defender. So they are more pressing than a centre forward. The situation is all good though and we have a few offers out. You do your due diligence by doing a bit of this and a bit of that. What we won’t be doing is signing any more than three players.”
Some of those players could be loan signings with Wotton admitting that the market was a fruitless place to try and operate in last term. It is the City chief’s hope that next season, 2021-22, temporary transfers will be far more straightforward. With recent loan success stories for Truro such as Luke Jephcott and Will Swan, going on to make an impact in the Football League, Wotton was open to the idea of further loan additions. “Loans could be easier next season and last season they were really difficult because of covid,” he remarked. “So hopefully we will dip into the loan market next season.”