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Lee Johnson's Post Season Update

23 May 2014

Latics boss Lee Johnson is urging supporters to trust his judgement as he scours the world to bring in the best players available to the club.

The 32-year-old, who has recently arrived back from a scouting trip in Scotland, has already picked up players such as James Dayton and Gary Harkins from north of the border and he is not afraid of taking a chance on an unknown talent.

He said: "Scotland is a good market for us. There are a lot of good players up there that come into our wage bracket and they are keen to get into England. There are also a lot of good players out of contract in England and we assess them against our own players and try to improve.

"I've got three or four players that are heavily on our radar from abroad and it's a good market out there. I'm not frightened to go outside the box and produce one from abroad."

Recruitment is key for the manager as he has now resigned himself to losing Player of the Season James Wesolowski, but Johnson only had good words to say about the midfielder.

"It is well documented that Weso is more than likely to move on even though the door is still open for him," the gaffer admitted. "He's had a very good offer from abroad I believe and you'll never hear a bad word said about Weso from me because he's been a fantastic servant so far. We'd like to keep him if possible but it doesn't look like it's going to be like that."

As preparations continue for the 2014/15 season, the manager is confident good things are ahead for Oldham Athletic. "This season is all about evolution rather than revolution," said Johnson

"I'm looking forward to seeing our three young strikers in pre-season. Rhys Turner is injury free now and I've got high hopes for him. Philliskirk and Clarke-Harris are improving all the time so I'm really hoping that they can have a really good pre-season. I believe in those three players we've got a really good dynamic.

"I think people have just got to trust me. We'll have a decent side come the first game of the season. We already have a good side and the ones we've kept are the ones we wanted to keep. I'm quietly confident that we can go and have a good season."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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