NEWLY appointed Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny this week pledged to be diligent in putting together his squad for 2013 and would not rush into recruiting players for the sake of a good headline.
Speaking to the Argus on Tuesday afternoon the former Shamrock Rovers and Derry City boss couldn't confirm any signings and said it could be the eve of the new league season before he puts the finishing touches to the panel.
'It's a few days into the job and I'm assessing exactly the budget and what players are earning, what the market is, who is there and what players we can get for Dundalk,' he said, having been unveiled as Darius Kierans' successor last Thursday.
'I don't want to rush in for the sake of a PR operation to make a signing. I want to have a look at how we are going to play. A lot of decisions have to be made and it will take time to assess what the market is.
'We need to look at player availability and get value for money and all of those things come into the equation. I have ideas of who I want and so forth, but I can't say that we'll get the players we want because of where Dundalk are at the moment, having finished bottom last season.
'But I am looking everywhere to see what players are available and I will make sure that by the start of the season we have a squad that represents the club well and is competitive and technically good.
'I'm not looking for marquee signings. I'm looking for players with talent - they mightn't be high-profile players but players who I believe have potential to be good in the future.
'It's a new start and a new beginning and any player coming in knows that he can start with a clean slate, and they know if I'm coming in as manager that I'm not interested in mediocrity and everything we do will be done with a purpose.
'Everything is not going to go in my favour. There will be setbacks because it is a journey, but I will take my time and gradually build a team rather than bringing in an entire squad in the space of a week.'
Kenny, who it is understood will be operating with a budget of between €5,000 and €6,000 per week - less than Sean McCaffrey had at his disposal 12 months ago - said he would be speaking to all members of last season's panel from this weekend onwards, with a view to offering some of them terms next week.
But he would not be drawn on whether Dundalk would be interested in signing either Tiarnan Mulvenna or fellow striker Johnny Breen, natives of the town who as of Tuesday morning had not been offered new contracts by Drogheda United.