BURNLEY will not upset the harmony of their tight-knit squad this summer by signing players who might disrupt the dressing room, according to chief executive Lee Hoos.
The Clarets’ automatic promotion in 2013/14 was achieved thanks to a real unity within the playing squad and the club will assess the character of potential targets as well as their talent, as they start their summer recruitment drive.
Hoos has already held budget meetings with boss Sean Dyche, who knows the importance of adding to his small squad ahead of Burnley’s move into the Premier League.
“We’re well underway with player identification,” Hoos said.
“There have been a few meetings with various agents already but we never panicked last year, we made sure we got the right guys, we made sure we did our research on the guys we brought in.
“We knew the people we were bringing in were going to absolutely fit the mould of what we wanted to do.
“Fans said we had no ambition because we didn’t sign anyone during the emergency loan window, but we didn’t bring in anyone who wasn’t going to fit with what we’re trying to do because we didn’t want to upset the applecart.
“We’ve got a good thing going here and we’ll continue in the same vein next season as well.
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“It’s getting the right players in.
“You can do the research, you know who are the naughty boys,” added the American.
“But we need to keep our eyes open and make sure we can get the guys in who are 100 per cent committed to the cause. It’s about getting people who buy into what we want to do.
“Everyone who we have brought in has really bought in, and that team ethos will put us in good stead for next year too.”
Burnley will no longer have the luxury of the Football League loan window, so all their business must be done by the end of August.
The Clarets are able to offer top flight football to targets, but Hoos has warned that does not automatically make signing players easy.
“We’ve got to make sure we strengthen the squad but it’s not as if Burnley are in the Premier League and all of a sudden there is a queue of people saying, ‘I want to be there now’,” Hoos said.
“A lot of people will still be thinking we’re the underdogs again and where are we going to be in two years or three years’ time?”