Dundee are hard at work putting together the “pieces of the puzzle” that can push them to a top-six finish, according to managing director John Nelms.
After a flurry of activity at the start of the summer with Jack Hamilton, Elton Ngwatala, Nathan Ralph and Kharl Madianga joining, manager Neil McCann’s squad news out of Dens Park has quietened up.
Behind the scenes, Nelms insists there’s plenty of work being done to improve the team on the park.
Now it’s about taking their time to add the quality players they crave rather than signing new faces for the sake of it.
The Kilmac Stadium chief says last season was just a preview of the kind of football that gaffer Neil wants his team to play.
And the hope is that one or two new signings can fire them into the top half of the Premiership table come the end of the new season.
Nelms said: “We are building. This will be Neil’s second year in charge and just like everything else he has a specific style he wants to play.
“I think we saw, I would say, more than glimpses of it last year.
“It is a style of play I think is entertaining to watch.
“We have a very good young base to build on and I think if we build on that base it will be very exciting next year.”
The 2017/18 campaign ended with a degree of disappointment as the Dark Blues fell short of their target.
A ninth-placed finish kept them in the division and, with a year’s experience as a manager under his belt, Nelms is backing Neil to succeed with “just a few more pieces of the puzzle” needed to push Dundee to the top table in Scotland’s top flight.
The American added: “Once again he can build on last season and with just a few more pieces of the puzzle we have quite a good picture going forward.
“With what we’re doing with players at the moment and getting ready for pre-season, it seems like the season ended a week ago and all of a sudden we’re back.
“This is the busiest time of the year for us, we are trying to get players in and do things to bolster the team and really get ready for the upcoming season.”