Paul Tisdale given some money to strengthen his Exeter City squad
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has been given the green light to add to his squad following the club’s cash injection from Scott Golbourne’s sale from Barnsley to Wolves last week.
The 25-year-old Bristolian left St James’ Park for Barnsley in a cut-price deal in January 2012, but the Grecians negotiated a sell-on clause into the deal.
That came to fruition last week when the former Bristol City and Reading youngster dropped down from the Championship to join Kenny Jackett’s League One side in a deal reportedly worth £700,000.
Tisdale did not reveal how much Exeter received as their part of the deal, but after the club have used some of it to address one or two other issues, the City chief will receive some money which will allow him to add to his squad.
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“I don’t think we’ll get all of it, but some of it,” Tisdale said. “The club will find areas to put it into first and leave me a little bit and I am not sure what that percentage will be. I think I will have to wait and see what (players) are available.
“I understand the situation and we push ourselves to the limit anyway. We are all the same team together and we don’t want to overspend because if there are a few gaps that need to be filled because we have overspent, then they have to be filled.
“I am looking to see what’s out there – as I am in other positions. But that (right-back) would be a priority for me.”
So far this season, Jordan Moore-Taylor and Arron Dawson have battled it out for a starting role with no specialist right-back within the City ranks. Kevin Amankwaah was released at the end of last season and has since joined Northampton, while Steve Tully also departed and now plies his trade at Tiverton Town.
And with Moore-Taylor a natural left footer and Dawson’s preferred role in midfield, Tisdale is keen to bring a right-back to the club if he can find the right player at the right price.
Pat Baldwin played there in the second half of the League game against York City and again in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Wycombe Wanderers. Baldwin did a gallant job, but Tisdale is sure to be reluctant to split up his Baldwin-Danny Coles central defensive partnership that has been so effective over the last year or so and play him regularly at right-back.
“We all know that we don’t have an out-and-out right-back in the squad. Pat did very well there in the second half on Saturday and I wanted to have another look at him,” he said.
“I know he is versatile, he did very well at Tranmere at left-back two seasons ago in a very tough game... we know he’s a centre half, but it may work for the team. I thought he was terrific there.”