Freedman Happy With New Recruits

  • February 01, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman admits he is happy with the business he completed in the January transfer window.

In his first window since taking over as manager in October, Freedman brought six new players to the club - although two of them will be placed straight into Jamie Fullarton's development squad.

The former Palace boss says he had to remain patient in order to conclude a couple of deals, but admits the new recruits will be worth the wait.

"I told everyone at the beginning of January that I had three or four targets," Freedman told the club's official website. "Craig Dawson was number one and we got him ahead of five or six other clubs.

"Craig Davies, coming in from Barnsley, brings experience of playing at this level and represents great value for money.

"If I'm honest, I didn't think I had any chance of getting Medo - but he's here. I went over to the airport to meet him because he's a young guy coming over to a different country and I wanted to make him feel as welcome as possible.

"I've watched him for a long time. When he was playing in Helsinki,  I tried to bring him to Crystal Palace but he ended up moving to Partizan instead. I believe he'll be a fantastic signing for the club."

With the signings of Gregus and Bolger made to boost Wanderers' second string, Freedman admitted his hands were tied because of the impending financial fair play rules.

"I brought Jamie Fullarton here to head up the development squad and that is something that is very important to us," he said. "I want to strengthen that, as well, hence the additions of Jan Gregus and Cian Bolger.

"With the financial fair play rules that are coming into football, bringing players in at a young age and putting them initially in the development squad is the only way to go.

"The new rules about spending that will be with us shortly mean that clubs are going to have to be very smart about the way they do their transfers and that's what we've tried to bear in mind in this window."

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