KEITH Curle insists he will take his time to make the right decisions about Latics’ trialists as former skipper Dean Furman trains with the club.

The 33-year-old is a free agent after leaving Carlisle and has been joined by another experienced Football League campaigner in Neil Danns at Chapel Road.

The pair did not feature in the opening friendly at Ashton United but a host of other players hoping to earn a deal did, with another chance to impress coming at Stalybridge Celtic tonight.

Furman left Latics for Doncaster in 2013, then returning to his native South Africa with SuperSport United before coming back to England with Carlisle.

Ex-Crystal Palace, Leicester, Bolton and Bury man Danns, 38, dropped into non-league last season with Radcliffe and Pete Wild’s Halifax before a stint in the Welsh Premier League with Connah’s Quay Nomads.

"We've got a lot of experienced players that are still training with us that didn't play,” said Curle.

"Dean Furman and Neil Danns are training with us, but this wasn't a game I was going to have a look at them in because I've got a good idea of what they're about.

"There's still a number of players out there who are unattached and available.

"We've got to be selective with our recruitment and, in my opinion, they've got to be right.

“The first people or person to know will be the trialist when I speak to them. It's about progression and how far do I think some of the players can go.”

Curle, who has said an EFL embargo has not impacted on his recruitment thus far, has made five additions in Hallam Hope, Jayson Leutwiler, Jordan Clarke, Harrison McGahey and Sam Hart.

With so many players available to him at the moment he insists he is in no rush to fill the remaining spots in his squad before the new League Two campaign begins at home to Newport on August 7.

"Don't panic,” he said when asked about looking to get deals over the line. “Don't fill your changing room full of players that by the end of August you don't really want.

“Bring in the right players, bring in the players that you're 100 per cent sure about and leave room within the budget, within the changing room, to bring in players that you think are going to add quality.”

One of those Curle hopes will really add to his squad is his former Carlisle charge Hallam Hope, who saw the start to his Latics career delayed due to Gold Cup duty with Barbados.

Hope was not involved at Ashton as he is eased into action with his new club.

"He's fit and he is raring to go,” Curle said. “He has been asking me if he can train but there is a return to training protocol. Even though he's fit, he's been away and he's played games, we've got to make sure he's going to be robust and come back in.

"We want to make sure that at the start of the season everyone is fit, everyone is raring to go and everyone is available.”