Dundee boss Barry Smith concedes he needs to make reinforcements in every department following his side’s promotion to the Scottish Premier League.
The Dark Blues will feature in the top flight this season, replacing Rangers, who were refused permission to have their member share transferred to a new company and will now start again in the Third Division.
Dundee’s gain was confirmed on Monday afternoon and, following their 3-0 derby defeat to Dundee United in a pre-season game at the weekend, the manager is seeking additions.
“We still have a lot of work to do, both on and off the park,” he told STV. “But I am sure, given the space and time we have been given, we will be up to speed come the start of the season.
“We've obviously spoke about the situation over the summer. There was a plan, so we have got players in mind. We will keep talking to agents and try to get as many players as we can as we feel possible to bring in.
“We aren't just going to jump at the first couple of players that come to our head. We will look into it in depth and make sure the right people come to the club.
“There will be a lot more players wanting to come and play at Dundee now we are back in the Premier League. It is a bigger stage for players to come and play in.
“Hopefully we pick the right ones who can enhance the team and take us forward.
“If you look at Saturday's game, we are quite short all over. We've got a thin squad, so we need to add in all areas. It's not just about adding numbers, it is about adding quality as well.
“Hopefully the board will help us out in that sense. But we aren't going to spend outwith our means.”
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