SALISBURY FC boss Steve Claridge is in the market for new players having said “the side right now would not win the league”.

Having just missed out on promotion this season, Claridge is looking to bolster the squad before the new campaign kicks off.

He said the club need to invest, but sensibly.

“It's the most important time of the season," he said.

“It’ what you do now that will lay the foundations for what happens next year.”

Claridge also spoke about the team's defensive struggles, despite having scored plenty of goals this season.

He said: “The amount of goals we scored was fantastic and we do entertain.

“But we haven’t always delivered defensively and we haven’t always delivered when we haven’t got the ball.”

He added: “Hopefully we can get better players and get players that, when we haven’t got the ball, can do a little bit more and make us harder to beat.”

As well as this the Whites boss said he would like more experience in the squad and players who were a bit more vocal and that could control games.

With regards to investment, Claridge said: “It’s about making sure that we do it the right way and don’t waste the money.

“We’ve got to invest in new players and invest in the players we’ve got here to make sure we keep them.”

He added: “This side right now would not win the league.

“What we've got is nice players who play good football and are really good nice lads.

“But we haven’t got enough of the other bits and pieces that you need to see it through.”

Salisbury will be aiming to win the Division One South and West next season, Claridge confirmed.