HEREFORD FC manager Josh Gowling says that club’s ‘boost the budget’ campaign will determine the look of his squad next season.

Gowling and his assistant Steve Burr are contracted for another season at Edgar Street alongside Ryan McLean and Harry Pinchard.

However, no other players are signed yet, and Gowling says the success of the ‘boost the budget’ campaign will determine their squad.

The squad builder scheme has so far raised over £7,200 towards an initial target of £50,000. You can donate HERE

“I’ve had discussions with the club about things," said Gowling.

“Jon (Hale, the chairman) has spoke at length in the shareholder’s meeting when his words were that next season the squad will be dependent on what the fans donate and the spine of the football club will be based on that.

“He spoke about the 50 per cent contract and non-contract as well so it is difficult to build with that and we’ve got to look at ways to be innovative in the transfer market and keeping players in the squad.

“I understand the position of the club and the board. We’ve got to see how this boost the budget does and it will determine what sort of squad we put together next season.”

Gowling hopes to keep the majority of his squad together for next season and has highlighted some areas which he says will boost Hereford into promotion contenders.

However, with 50 per cent of his squad on non-contract terms he has already lost Jaanai Gordon and Maziar Kouhyar this season to league rivals.

He added: “Unfortunately, we’re looking like a bit of a feeder club at the moment.

“I’ve got to be diligent in the market and look at talent with players who have lost their way that we can develop and bring back to form.

“One man’s rubbish is another person’s treasure they say. We have a recruitment model that we use statistically to get players in but the reality is we’re not going to be able to go all of that because those targets are not obtainable for us.

“I want to keep as much of the squad together as I can and strengthen a couple of areas we’re there. We’re not far off it now but adding a couple of positions would make us play-off contenders definitely and promotion chasing.

“But it’s all going to depend on the donations we get to the football club. It’s worrying for everyone but those are the times we are in at the moment.

“We’ve got to batten down the hatches as a club to try and get us back to a level I want us to get too."