Andy Scott admits he is happy playing the waiting game as he plans a summer shopping spree worthy of making a challenge for honours next season.

The Aldershot Town boss confirmed this week that no new deal had been offered to Bradley Bubb after his four-month contract ran out at the weekend, although he is hoping to extend a deal for strike partner Josh Scott.

But while negotiations are also ongoing with a number of potential new signings, Scott insisted he would bide his time to ensure he got the right man. 

“It’s the silly season really,” Scott admitted. “Football League clubs still have important matches to play and the Conference clubs are all playing the waiting game, so it's very rare that decisions will be made this quickly.

“We are hoping to bring a few more in and are actively talking to one or two, but it’s important that we sit down properly with the board, see exactly where we are and not rush into a decision.”

Bubb was let go after a frustrating second spell at the ESS Stadium, which brought just three goals from 16 starts, although the former Farnborough and Royal Antwerp striker established himself as a fans’ favourite and will attract several interested parties such as former club Woking and League Two Wycombe Wanderers.

“They’re all tough decisions to make,” revealed Scott, whose side escaped relegation from the Skrill Premier on goal difference.

“All the lads have done well for us but it's hard to earn a living in football these days and at this stage of the year you have to sit down and look at next season and the options and budget available to you.

“Bradley started well but needed more match time and after Josh came in and improved his match fitness, it became clear he was to play more of a leading role for us.

“Josh has been terrific for us and I think with a good pre-season behind him he can be a real handful next season, like he’s shown in the last six games for us.”