AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor believes patience is the name of the game as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the forthcoming National League North season.

Fylde have already made three signings so far this summer following the arrivals of defender Steve Williams, winger Brendon Daniels and midfielder Andy Bond, but Challinor insists he will not be held to ransom by potential targets.  

Challinor said: “We are in a situation where we have to be a bit patient because demands of players are way above where we want to be.

“We still have targets and we are still talking to players but we have nothing concrete just yet.

“We are looking at several different positions at the moment. Full-back areas are one we are particularly keen to add to and we potentially need two goalkeepers with Ben (Hinchliffe) joining Stockport and Matt (Urwin) set to leave. However we also need players right across the board.

“We still have players contracted to the club but we are quite light on numbers at the moment.

“Anything that crops up that can improve us then we will certainly take a look at but it’s important that we get the right people with the right attitude.”

Whilst domestic football has taken a back seat over the past few weeks, international football has come to the fore with the start of Euro 2016 and Challinor has been surprised by how close the tournament has been over the opening week.

“When these tournaments start you expect certain teams to stand out in terms of performances but I don’t think anyone has done that yet,” said Challinor. “All the games have been very close so far. Even when teams have been on top they have been missing chances and in England’s case it has come back to bite them.

“Of the so called favourites, only Germany and Italy have really gone on and got that second goal to kill off a team and even they were in the last minute of their respective games.

“Teams may have a better idea about each other from today when the second round of games kick-off.”

England suffered late heartbreak in their opening match of the tournament against Russia and Challinor hopes the late equaliser doesn’t prove costly.

“It will be interesting to see how much of an impact the late goal that Russia scored will have on England over the next couple of games.

“We go into tomorrow night’s game against Wales knowing that we definitely can’t lose but essentially we need to win. Had we held on against Russia perhaps we would be happy with a point tomorrow but now there is far more importance on the game.

“It will be a tense match and I’m sure Wales would see a draw as a great result after winning their opening game.

“Everyone has their own opinions about systems and personnel, who plays and where they should play. Even though I think England played quite well at the weekend, I’m still not convinced that the balance is quite right. We could be more effective with the players we have.

“Russia looked a poor side to me and it will be interesting to see how they get on in their other group games, but hopefully we can kick on and get through the group.”