CONCORD Rangers manager Adam Flanagan says he is working on a number of transfer targets ahead of the new season.

Flanagan has already bolstered his squad in the off-season, with the likes of Lewis Taaffe and Khale Da Costa strengthening the team in wide positions.

But Flanagan said he is still looking for reinforcements - after the departures of key players including James White, while Lyle Della-Verde and Jordan Chiedozie are looking to trial at professional clubs.

He added that the return of Taaffe could benefit Steve Cawley, with the two friends working well together in the past.

“I am happy with the players that have been retained,” he said.

“That said, I will be adding to this group with new additions as the weeks pass leading up to the start of the season.

“Taaffe’s attributes will add to the team and I think relationships on the pitch are a big part of football so his return could provide more opportunities for Steve,” added Flanagan.

“Personally, I still believe Steve is adapting to becoming a striker having previously been a midfield player.

“He is now entering his third season in the role and I expect, with more opportunities, that hopefully Taaffe will provide that and he will again continue to score goals.”

Another area of the team Flanagan is pleased with is the youth talent coming through the ranks.

Adam Topley enjoyed a breakthrough season last year and will be part of the first-team squad, as will successful youth products Sam Carter and Finley Dopson.

While prospects Charlie Seaden and Bayley Newell will sign first-team registration papers and be loaned out to senior sides next season to gain first-team experience.

“I think the youth set-up at the club is an area at the club which should be looked at for future success,” he said.

“Bringing the better youth players into the first team set-up is the natural progression and is what happens in a professional environment.

“It will be a tough ask for these players to instantly break into the first 11 but the club can look to develop them with loans spells as they get match experience.

“Added to training every week, and with a high level of coaching and good quality players around them, it will help them progress quicker and play a part in years to come.”

Flanagan added he was still looking to add a goalkeeper to the squad, following the departure of Bailey Vose after his loan spell from Brighton & Hove Albion came to an end.

But he said all transfers would be announced in the weeks ahead, while adding one favourite had departed the club.

“Signing a goalkeeper is still a work in progress at the moment,” he said.

“I have earmarked a few keepers and it is now about trying to finalise something.

“Any new additions will be announced in the coming weeks as the squad starts to take shape.

“Sam Collins was released a few weeks ago and at this time I am unaware of what he will be doing next season,” he added.

“He is currently enjoying his honeymoon and I am sure he will make a football related decision on his return.”