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Watford boss Malky Mackay to wait on transfers

Malky Mackay
Mackay has made two signings so far this summer

Watford boss Malky Mackay says it may be some time before he can put the finishing touches to his squad.

With loan players a likely option for the Hornets, Mackay's recruitment drive is at the mercy of other clubs.

Mackay told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I want everybody in for today, but what you want and what you get are two different things.

"There is a chance that some clubs might not let their guys out until the end of August, which is not ideal."

He added: "You go and speak to the clubs but it's their decision as to how early they want to let guys out."

The club's financial difficulties have restricted Mackay's spending power and the Scot has admitted he will have to rely on youth players to make the step up to Championship football this season.

He is on the hunt for other options but has ruled out the possibility of bringing in seasoned professionals.

"We still need to bring in new players," he added.

"We need to bring some guys in to strengthen if not the experience, certainly the size of the squad."


Watford kicked-off their pre-season campaign with a 5-0 win over neighbours Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Will Buckley netted a hat-trick with Danny Graham and Stephen McGinn also getting on the scoresheet.

"It was a case of making sure we do things properly but doing fitness work as well," Mackay said after the game.

"Boreham Wood are always very helpful with us, the pitch is always in good nick at this time of the year and it's always a competitive game."

The only player to not feature was new signing Tom Aldred, who is nursing a calf injury.

Meanwhile left-back Jure Travener has joined St Mirren on a season-long loan.

The 24-year-old Slovenian arrived at Vicarage Road 12 months ago but has yet to make a first-team appearance.

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