Alex Pike has been urged to complete the signing of triallist Matt Paterson – by his own players.
The much-travelled 24-year-old striker scored in the 2-1 friendly win at Poole Town on Saturday and is expected to be given another chance to impress in tonight’s trip to Sholing.
While some of Borough’s players have voiced their opinion to the manager, Pike has yet to make a final decision.
He said: ‘Negotiations are ongoing.
‘I make the final judgement but I’ve always been a firm believer that players know players.
‘I had a few of them telling me that we have to sign him after the game against Poole Town.
‘Players are rarely wrong.
‘But it’s not always as easy as that.
‘There are a few things to weigh up.’
Paterson played for Southampton’s first team back in 2008-09 before he moved on to Southend.
But he’s had a nomadic existence since then with spells at Stockport, Hamilton, Forest Green Rovers, Burton Albion, Aldershot and a loan spell at Hawks.
And when you have had that many clubs in a short period of time, questions can be asked as to why.
Aside from Paterson, Pike is keeping tabs on other triallists, even if he does not quite see them coming straight into his first-team.
Ex-Fulham Academy defender Anthony Giles, former Fleet man Danilo Cadete, Salisbury duo Sam Roberts and Adam Flint, and former Brighton Academy scholar Matthew Benham have all staked a claim in recent weeks.
And Pike wants to retain them, if he can.
He said: ‘I will be looking to sign them but then I will be trying to get them out to other clubs on loan.
‘I don’t want to lose them because they will feature at some point this season. Just not immediately.’