We Won't Rush Into Signings - van 't Schip

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip says the Club won’t rush into making any recruitment decisions as he seeks to add to his Hyundai A-League squad.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip says the Club won-t rush into making any recruitment decisions as he seeks to add to his Hyundai A-League squad.

Following the arrivals of Mate Dugandzic and Curtis Good, the bulk of van ‘t Schip-s squad is already in place, with 18 players under contract for next season.

He has remained proactive though in the search to round off his squad, recently returning from a scouting trip through Europe, where the Dutchman scoured across the leagues of Holland, Germany and Belgium for potential talent.

However, van ‘t Schip is unlikely to know whether trip has borne any fruit until the opening of the mid-year transfer window, saying he was only able to stage preliminary discussions.

“I saw a lot of games and watched some players, but we are still in the phase of looking and having some initial talks with managers and players,” he said.

“It-s still a long time until October. We don-t want to rush it but when we see a player and know it-s the one, we will go for it. At the moment we are not that far yet.” Van ‘t Schip has identified areas of the squad he is looking to strengthen, with replacements for John Aloisi and Josip Skoko foremost among them.

“There are a few positions we are looking at, I want to sign at least one player up front, maybe a midfield player, and we have to see how we manage with our defence,” he said.

“In every line we have to try and find something, and if we don-t find a player in one line, we maybe have to move another player that we already have to cover that position.

“There are a few things that we are thinking about and talking about but it also depends on which kind of player we can get in.”