Shaun Derry: 'Competitive' budget for Notts County next season

Shaun Derry
Notts County have lost just three League One games on the road this season under Shaun Derry

Boss Shaun Derry says Notts County will be "more competitive" when it comes to building a team to challenge for promotion from League One next year.

Magpies chairman Ray Trew said earlier in February that his side have the 18th highest budget in the division.

"We're hoping to compete in a different market next year as the budget is freed up," Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"Coming into the start of next season, it is a lot more competitive and we can use it to its full maximum."

Notts currently sit 17th in League One with 38 points from 30 games after Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at home by Sheffield United, largely on the back of their away form, where they have taken 24 points.

Derry has used "two or three squads" during that time, bringing in 16 players on free transfers or Bosman deals since the beginning of the 2014 summer transfer window, six of whom are above the age of 30.

He said: "I was under no illusions before I got here that that was the market we were working in. I feel that we probably got 80% of the signings right.

"It's difficult to find your diamonds. There have been certain ones along the way which I've been really pleased with and others I've not been too pleased with.

"Come the end of the season, we need to sit down and make sure it's a lot clearer."