Date: 6th July 2015 at 6:04pm
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Chief executive Paul Barber has hailed the work the club have done so far in terms of our summer strengthening but he joked that nobody was ready for a rest yet when it came to recruitment because we want a good season in 2015-16 and obviously helping that will be further quality additions to our ranks.

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Speaking to the Official Site Barber explained that he’d been delighted with our additions so far but now wasn’t the time to rest on any laurels, the hard work continues because it’s a competitive league and competitive transfer market and we need to be on our toes and have our planning right for future opportunities.

‘In a competitive transfer market, it’s very important to identify multiple options and to do your homework early and thoroughly so when the right opportunities arise, you’re in the best position you can be to get deals done. A lot of work goes into not just looking at a player over a long period of time, but also the background of the player, their family situation, and whether we think they can settle well in a city like Brighton & Hove. This preparation all helps to get transfers done and minimises the risks of a new signing not working out.’

Barber says unfortunately though there are no guarantees regardless of the hard work that goes in in terms of due diligence and in football not every signing works out as you would hope, and nor can you get all of your first choice targets.

‘We’re pleased with the progress we’ve made, but we’ve still got a lot more work to do. We knew at the start of the transfer window that it was important to bring in our new players as early as possible, partly to help Chris in his pre-season preparations and partly to help the players settle.’

With new head of recruitment Paul Winstanley having his first summer opportunity to wheel and deal and show his skills in the part he plays alongside manager Chris Hughton in new signings now, Barber was full of praise for his efforts.

‘Paul has been doing a great job. He has been working around the clock, as everyone is in the club during this time of year, to get our deals done. This involves a lot of time on the phone, in meetings, and travelling. He’s got a great relationship with the manager, and equally good relationships with myself and the chairman. We all work very well together. We know each other’s strengths, so we try to play to those. To be effective in the transfer window, you need a real team effort.’

Our CEO was quick to point out that being successful in the market isn’t just dependent on the names fans will know, there are a lot of people behind the scenes who get no public praise for deals and they range from analysts to scouts and even our player liason team who help new arrivals settle in the area.

‘It is a massive team effort when new players come to sign for the club and we’ve now got these fantastic assets such as the Amex and our new training facilities at Lancing, which give us a real advantage when players come to see the club for the first time.’

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