BRIAN Flynn wants to strengthen his hand in the January transfer window - but is already looking at the bigger picture.
Rovers boss Flynn has told The Star he has a ‘big plan’ for next season and is ready to execute it.
The Welshman last week agreed a deal to remain as permanent manager until the end of the current campaign.
But the wheels are already in motion on a longer term strategy in time for the start of the 2013/14 season, regardless of which division Rovers end up in.
“I have a big plan for next season,” said Flynn, who was reluctant to go into specifics.
“When you’re older and bit wiser you can do that. The plan is big for next year, and it’s all in place. I’m looking at this as a long term project,” he added.
“The lengths of contracts have never concerned me. I went 14 years without one and in football management that doesn’t really happen. Contracts are just a piece of paper.”
Flynn is pondering whether to step up his search for squad reinforcements ahead of the promotion run-in.
But the Welshman’s ‘big plan’ suggests that the club could be about to implement another large-scale overhaul of the playing squad for a second successive summer.
As suggested by Dean Saunders just before his departure, a player might have to leav before funds become available for Rovers’ new manager, should he wish to beat the January 31 deadline.
Flynn will be keen to put his own mark on the squad and is likely to ask for permission to bring in one or two fresh faces - most likely to be free agents or loan signings until the end of the season.
The 57-year-old boasts an impressive contacts book and played a significant part in helping Saunders re-model Rovers’ squad in the aftermath of relegation.
“We need additions,” said Flynn. “I’m not going to say where and when but I’ve got players lined up. My plan is place and it will happen.
“You don’t tinker with something that’s not broken. Little subtle changes are what’s required.”
Flynn, who coached Wales U21s from 2004 till last year, also revealed he won’t shy away from signing older players.
“I like working with good players at any age not just young players.
“I signed Mickey Thomas when he was 37 and Jimmy Case when he was nearly 39.
“I knew they were good players and they could give something to the team at that time. Age doesn’t matter.”