Shrewsbury Town boss Graham Turner may add to his loan contingent at the Greenhous Meadow before Thursday’s deadline.
Turner – whose side host sixth-placed MK Dons tonight – ideally wants to target the January transfer window to strengthen a squad which has struggled in recent months to cope with the demands of League One football.
But he has dipped into the loan market on a regular basis and Luke Rodgers’ recent return to the club, initially on a two-month loan deal, swelled Town’s current loanees to five.
His business hasn’t always proved successful. Michael Hector has returned to train with Reading while Swansea striker Jamie Proctor failed to make the bench for Saturday’s home victory over Crewe.
Turner is mulling over whether to renew deals for Proctor and Manchester City’s Jeremy Helan, which both expire next week.
And he may look at making room to freshen up his ranks with greater experience.
Turner said “We are seriously looking at the situation as we’ve got one or two players on loan whose deals finish after the deadline.
“We can renew them if we wish, but I wouldn’t rule out bringing one in before Thursday.”
Defender Connor Goldson is on standby for his first start of the season as Turner sweats on the fitness of centre-half pairing Darren Jones (thigh) and Julian Bennett (back).
Barnsley loanee Lee Collins is an unlikely replacement for either after going down with flu.
Goldson, 19, and 21-year-old striker Ryan Doble made their mark in the recent reserve win at Oldham with the latter earning a first-team call up against Crewe on Saturday.
“Sometimes you’ve got to give the young players the encouragement of getting in. Ryan did very well in the reserve game as did one or two others,” added Turner.
“On the basis that they’re working hard in training and putting in the performances in the reserves you’ve got to give them the encouragement of including them in the squad from time to time.”Subscribe to our Newsletter