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8 July 2021

MANAGER Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is pleased with his summer transfer business so far and is still looking at getting one or two new faces in.

The Brewers have so far brought nine new players to the Pirelli Stadium, with Ellery Balcombe the most recent arrival on loan from Premier League side Brentford and joining eight permanent recruits.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Omari Patrick, Deji Oshilaja, Louis Moult, Frazer Blake-Tracy, Tom O'Connor, Bryn Morris and Conor Shaughnessy have all signed for the Brewers this summer as Hasselbaink builds a squad to take on Sky Bet League One in 2021/22.

The majority of those players carry plenty of League One experience, something Hasselbaink says he was targeting from his summer business.

"The majority, yes (we were looking for League One experience)," Hasselbaink told iFollow Brewers. "I think that we needed that, we needed that balance.

"We also wanted to make the squad younger and bring in players who have something to prove to themselves.

"We do also want to bring in League Two or non-league players but they have to be good enough in our eyes.

"We are still looking, we're looking for one or two others, and I think it’s good for us to have players that have got that League One experience and want to make that step up. That’s why we have done it."

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Hasselbaink is pleased with how his side have begun preparations for the new season. New fitness coach Pablo Garcia told iFollow Brewers last week that he was pleased with the shape the first-team had come back in as pre-season began.

The Brewers manager agreed with that assessment while confirming he wasn't able to select a full squad for our pre-season friendly at Nuneaton Borough on Tuesday night due to a few minor injuries, as often happens when players return to intensive training in the summer.

"I'm very happy (with how pre-season has gone so far) - we have a few niggles but that is always going to happen in pre-season," said Hasselbaink.

"They've come back really in good nick, very professional and that's what we expecred and wanted.

"It's now about getting them match fit, or as close as we can. There's going to be a lot of work and a lot of suffering, but that's how it is.

"If you want to get good as a team, then that's what you need. We're going to work hard as a team.

"We want to have that and we want to keep what we had in the second half of last season, and we also want to improve on our weaker points.

"There's still a lot of work to be done but hopefully step-by-step we can keep building."

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