TORQUAY United may want to finish their relegation season with a fourth win in five games at home to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, but manager Chris Hargreaves is already planning ahead for his summer rebuilding drive.
The Gulls’ boss has watched several potential transfer targets in person recently, and he is expected to take in at least one of this week’s Skrill Conference Play-Off Semi-Finals.
FC Halifax Town play Cambridge United at The Shay tonight (Weds) and Grimsby Town, where Hargreaves began his own playing career 20 years ago, meet Gateshead at Blundell Park tomorrow night.
The two return legs are both on Sunday.
Hargreaves has also had scouts out and about at several League Two and Conference games over the closing weeks of this season.
“There are players we need to check out first and foremost, but it’s always useful to see games at the level we’ll be playing next season,” said Hargreaves.
United, whose senior squad is roughly divided in half with players in and out of contract, won’t tackle their ‘retained list’ until after the weekend.
The Gulls may already be relegated, but they can still have a major say in who goes down with them.
One-from-bottom Wycombe are relying on other results, just as Torquay were despite last Saturday’s 3-1 win at Mansfield.
A win for United will seal the Chairboys’ fate, but a Wycombe victory would force Northampton (22nd) or Bristol Rovers (21st) to get results against Oxford and Mansfield respectively to be certain of League football next season.
In an effort to boost their support, Wycombe – they lost 2-1 at home to Rovers at the weekend - are sponsoring travel for their fans to Plainmoor, reducing it to £10 return.