MARK CATLIN has backed ‘exhilarating’ Paul Cook to chase down his player targets.
But Pompey’s chief executive is anticipating a quiet week ahead in terms of deals being signed off.
There are decent players out there, from Paul’s point of view he is waiting to get the right ones which fit the systemMark Catlin
Cook has so far recruited Kyle Bennett and Kal Naismith during almost four weeks at the Fratton Park helm.
Intriguingly, Blues target Enda Stevens was yesterday released by Aston Villa, rendering him a free agent.
Pompey will now step up their pursuit of the Irish left-back, who made 32 appearances on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season.
The 24-year-old remains one of a number of players Cook and his staff have identified to bolster the Fratton Park ranks.
Catlin will not discuss names of targets, but insists the club is working hard on bringing more signings to the south coast.
He said: ‘The manager is in constant touch and everyone is working hard to get deals done for players.
‘But sometimes you have to play the waiting game.
‘We already have the basis of the squad and Paul will bring in the right people at the right time.
‘At the moment most players are on holiday. They tend to take a month away and will start trickling back this weekend, so hopefully in the build-up to pre-season training there will be plenty of transfer action for us to report.
‘I actually think it will be quiet for another week or two at Pompey.
‘Paul won’t bring players in just to fill holes, he will want those who can improve every area of the pitch. Talks are on-going with players and their agents, it never stops.
‘He lives, sleeps and drinks football. It is not just a job for Paul, this is an absolute passion.
‘He is driven and demands that from everybody around him. He is an exhilarating character.
‘There are decent players out there. From Paul’s point of view he is waiting to get the right ones which fit the system.’
In addition to bolstering his playing ranks, Cook is also on the lookout for backroom staff.
Leam Richardson has followed the 48-year-old from Chesterfield to be appointed assistant manager, while Ian Foster is first-team coach.
But vacancies for a fitness coach and head of recruitment remain unfilled following last month’s departures of Andy Melville and Louis Langdown.
Meanwhile Pompey’s pre-season is scheduled to kick-off on Monday, June 29.
Catlin added: ‘As with players, Paul also won’t be rushed into finalising his backroom staff.
‘Obviously, he is over the moon with the two players and two members of the backroom staff he has brought in so far.
‘He will bring the right people in to fill the right roles at the right time. But, I stress again, he will not be rushed into it.’