Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers boss critical of wage demands

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke originally joined Bristol Rovers as John Ward's assistant in June 2013

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has called the wage demands of some players "ridiculous" as they get used to life back in the Football League.

Rovers won promotion from the Conference at the first attempt.

But Clarke admitted it has been a tough summer with many potential signings proving too expensive for the club.

"It's difficult for me because a lot of prices for players are over-inflated, so they are a little out of our bracket," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Every agent you speak to says £1,500 a week is the starting point, it's ridiculous to be talking those sums of money. We'll wait for the right players, with the right attitude who want to be here."

Rovers added midfielder Cristian Montano to their squad on Thursday and Clarke, 37, is also looking to bring in a striker.

He said the club are relishing the prospect of the new League Two campaign.

"Summer went quickly, plenty of phone calls and a week's holiday.

"The fixture list looks a lot better, we are looking forward to it and we want to build on the momentum of last season and the lads are champing at the bit," he added.

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