Hamilton Accies’ future planning has paid off, says boss Stuart Taylor

Stuart Taylor says Hamilton were quick off the mark to snap up defender Dan O’Reilly and winger Ellis Brown inside the first hour of the January transfer window because of a wider recruitment strategy.

And he says they’re already looking to the summer, as well as strengthening Accies this month.

Taylor says he doesn’t start looking for players as soon as the window opens, and already has a list of names he hopes to bring in.

Though he’s keeping his cards close to his chest on actual targets, Taylor said: “We’re trying to sign players, we’ve been actively trying for some time.

“I don’t believe in just starting to look when the window opens up, we’re actually looking at the end of the season, now, and it’s something I believe in, having a strategy.

“When it comes to recruitment we’re looking to get players in not just for January but for the end of the season as well, and we’ll always look two transfer windows ahead.

“That’s why we got two done in the first hour of the transfer window, we’re also speaking to another few, but we just need to wait and see if we can get them across the line.”

Former Drogheda United defender O’Reilly made his debut in the 3-0 win over Queen of the South at Palmerston Park, while Brown came off the bench and nearly scored, having signed from Boreham Wood yesterday.

Dan O'Reilly made his debut from the start in Hamilton's 3-0 win at Queen of the South
Dan O’Reilly made his debut from the start in Hamilton’s 3-0 win at Queen of the South

Taylor was pleased with their contributions and reckons they’re future assets, as both are 26.

He said: “Dan will be a great addition and a great asset for the club. He shows a lot of hunger and desire about his play and shows real aggression for a defender.

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“He’s very composed and comfortable on the ball, he’s a good talker, a good organiser and is that leader that we’ve spoken about adding to the club.

“We had been after Dan for a wee while now, so we’re delighted that it came off, to have him on board, and it was great for the lads to get a clean sheet with the win.

“I was delighted to get young Ellis onto the pitch, because it gives him a taste of first-team football, a taste of Scottish football, and lets him know the intensities.

“We try to keep the intensities high at training so it’s similar to a match-day, but for him to actually get it and make his debut, we were delighted for him.

Hamilton players celebrate their 3-0 win over Queen of the South at Palmerston Park
Hamilton players celebrate their 3-0 win over Queen of the South at Palmerston Park

“It’s the start of a long, successful career for him, so I was delighted for him to make his debut.”

Taylor hopes Accies now go into Saturday’s New Douglas Park showdown with Partick Thistle in confident mood, and feels they should have taken something from a 1-0 defeat at Firhill in November.

He said: “It’s nice to go and play, play well and get results – it’s good for the morale, confidence and belief and everything, but it’s a big game next week against Partick Thistle.

“We’re looking forward to it, and to just continue the performances and results that we’ve been having this season.

Striker David Moyo is now on international duty with Zimbabwe
Striker David Moyo is now on international duty with Zimbabwe

“After the last game at Firhill we were disappointed we didn’t take come away with something from the game, but sometimes that can be football.

“But we go into the game confident, we’re looking forward to it.”

Hamilton go into that game minus David Moyo, who will be with Zimbabwe for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.

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