OLDHAM Athletic have got the potential to climb the league ladder again – that is the view of Keith Curle.

But the head coach insists they need more commitment and endeavour in the dressing room if they are to make it happen.

Latics have shown their attacking quality in abundance this season as top scorers in League Two with 71. But it is the other end of the pitch that has been their downfall as, with 74 goals against, they have also conceded the most too – the majority of them at home.

It has made for a season of inconsistency and frustration.

But Curle is confident there is a platform to build on at Boundary Park if they can get the right people and personalities on board.

“This football club has got growth, but it starts with having a hunger there, identifying good players,” he said.

“A lot of people can do that as talent ID. Recruiting the right players, that’s an art form, and that needs experience and lines of communication and collaboration from all parties.”

Curle has earmarked a recruitment drive should he remain in the Latics hotseat beyond the end of his current contract.

He has had talks with owner Abdallah Lemsagam and sporting director Mohamed Lemsagam about his future at the club, his vision to take it forward and what is required to help it come to fruition.

And Curle insists he would take a hands-on approach in the transfer market and do his own due diligence on targets to make sure he gets the right personalities, as well as the right players, and also at the right price – a process that he went through when he took charge of Northampton in October 2018.

“Every player that I signed last season... I went through a similar situation at Northampton, they were third from bottom, they had a wage bill that was spiralling in excess, on paper they had some very, very good players but it wasn’t gelling,” he explained.

“I went in and reduced the wage bill, kept them in the division then got promoted the next season and there was a lot of change.”

Curle takes his side to former club Mansfield on Saturday before the season ends at home to Forest Green on May 8.