Steven Pressley hopes patience will be a virtue as he turns his attention back to transfer targets in attack and midfield.

The Blues boss says his defensive recruitment is all but complete after the signing of Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

He has not ruled out making a further addition in rearguard positions, with versatile ex-Cardiff trialist Tyrone Duffus hoping to earn a deal.

But the stronger focus will now be on United filling several gaps further forward.

On his signings at the back, manager Pressley said: “We set out to sign three left-sided [defensive] players, one a full-back, one a player that could give us versatility with left-back and centre-back, and a left centre-back, and we’ve managed to do that.

“We’re really pleased with that.

“On the right-hand side we’ve signed a right-sided centre-back and a right-back, and now we need to complete the final part of the jigsaw.

“We have Tyrone here on trial, and then that would be our defence complete.”

Pressley believes Knight-Percival will add good experience to his defence.

United’s manager added: “In height Nathan isn’t nearly the stature of Byron [Webster] but he’s very athletic, has a great jump, good mobility and he understands the game - he is a good reader of the game.

“He also brings that experience. We’re really pleased to have signed him and I think he’s a great fit.

“We did lot of character checks on him and they were really positive.”

Pressley said Knight-Percival will be a “stabiliser” down the spine of his team, including centre-half Webster, keeper Adam Collin and midfielder Mike Jones in that category.

United are understood to be close to another midfield loan signing. Pressley added: “We are really happy with how other things are progressing just now.

“We are having to be a little bit more patient in the front areas we have spoken about.

“But we’re doing a lot of work.”