John Coleman has his eye on more reinforcements to his Stanley squad before the end of the January transfer window – and possibly before Saturday’s game with Carlisle United.
The Reds manager has added Marek Rodak, Johnny Edwards and Harvey Rodgers on loan deals already this month.
Now after a number of players left the club due to the end of their contracts and Bastien Hery saw his deal mutually terminated, Coley is keen to strengthen.
“I’m hoping to get one in before the weekend and then possibly one or two before the end of the window,” he said. “From having a big squad in numbers we have thinned that right down now and so you go from being quite healthy in numbers to being short.
“We want to improve. We want to bring players to the club who will improve us because we want to have a better start to 2017 than the end we had to 2016. As a calendar year, for nine months it was fantastic but the last three months were disappointing results-wise so we want to invigorate ourselves really.
“It’s impossible to get every signing you make at this level right. You do as much homework as you can but some players just don’t hit it off with a certain club. That’s not to say they aren’t good players and weren’t signed with the best of intentions but that’s one of the problems you face when signing players.
“We haven’t ruled out signing players permanently but they’ve got to be able to make a difference now and in the future. For us the future is now. There’s no such thing as looking to the future or nurturing players, they have to be ready to play now.”
Coleman has also confirmed he’s spoken to former loanee John O’Sullivan about the potential of a permanent move to the Wham Stadium.
The Irish winger has left Blackburn Rovers following the expiry of his Stanley loan and the ball is in his court.
“I’ve spoken to Johnno and let him know my intentions,” explained Coleman. “It’s down to him and his agent now to decide what’s best for his career.”