HEREFORD Head Coach Marc Richards said that there is no set time for him to decide whether to sign pre-season trialists.

The Bulls had four trialists in their squads against Wellington on Saturday and again on Monday night at Cinderford Town AFC.

“I’m a busy man so I’ll have to do it as I go,” said Richards.

“There is no set time or cut-off to say yes or no to somebody, it’s just a working progress. There are a lot more logistics that go into it with some of these trialists.

“They might want to know a decision so it’s not straight forward. There are a couple there who have been doing well in training and shown up well in the games as well so it’s encouraging.

“We will probably be taking a small squad away for the weekend. So we won’t have the luxury of the numbers we have had at Wellington and today (Cinderford).

“We will probably take a couple (of trialists) away with us.”

When asked if any players are expected to sign before the weekend? “I probably doubt it,” Richards replied.

Hereford suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Cinderford Town after the Bulls fielded a different side in each half.

"It was a really competitive game and a good physical workout,” added Richards.

“I thought we started really well in the first 10 or 15 minutes but then I think they (Cinderford) were the better team in the first half especially.

“We made a lot of changes at half-time like we did against Wellington. What we got out of it today was the physical benefits in terms of minutes.

“But yes, there is lots to work on.”

Jason Pope should be back for the weekend trip to Devon where they will play Yeovil Town on Friday night and then Bideford on Sunday.

The trip is also being used as a ‘team bonding’ weekend, but Richards says his squad will have a night-time curfew

He added: “It will be good to get all the lads in the same vicinity where we can get some team building going as well.

“There will be a curfew for the players, but the staff we will probably be a bit more lenient.”

Youngsters Connor Davies-Austin and Bisensio Kamilo were amongst a 23-man squad for both friendly matches.

Richards says he wants to keep them involved with the first team although they may play competitive matches elsewhere.

He added: “The good thing is that we’ve been able to integrate some of the youth players in, since we’ve been in really.

“It’s great that they’ve been involved this pre-season and it’s nice for us to be able to keep an eye on them and track them whether that’s with us or continue to train with us but playing somewhere else to start with.

“We’ve done that in the past and we’ll look to do that to make sure they’re getting first team football.

“It might not be that they’re ready to go in and play for us but what we can do is help them develop over the next 12 or 18 months and have them at other teams where we can monitor their progress.”