Paul Sturrock hopes to have a couple of signings in ahead of Saturday’s npower League Two opener against Accrington Stanley.
The Southend United boss is on the hunt for an experienced goalkeeper ahead of the new season.
He looks set to hand 19-year-old stopper Daniel Bentley his full debut at Peterborough United on Tuesday night.
But despite having been unable to secure a custodian this summer, Sturrock hopes some of his targets will now become available on the dawn of the new season.
“Certain positions have been a real tough one this year to get the right person,” he told the official website.
“Panicking about it is not the right way to go either so we will go with what we have got until the certain people I would like to come to the football club, come.
“Very early on we signed four or five players and since then we have been mulling over the best way to go.
“I would hope to think we would have a couple of signings in before the Accrington Stanley game.”
Sturrock’s number one priority remains a goalkeeper following Glenn Morris’ release at the end of last season.
The Scots attempts to lure his targets to Roots Hall have so far proved fruitless.
But with sides starting to know their squads this season he believes a signing is getting closer.
“The goalkeeper has been the most difficult area,” admitted Paul. “I have looked at experienced ones and inexperienced ones.
“At this moment in time the three or four goalies I would like to take are not available but they might be come another week or so.
“I would emphasise to our fans that it is not a sprint, it is a marathon and that it is important to build through the season and if we don’t have the personal at this moment in time people worry about that.
“But I can reassure you that we are working hard to bring in the right people to benefit us on the season to come.”