January departures at Scunthorpe United will not worry manager Brian Laws
SCUNTHORPE United manager Brian Laws insists he will be fully prepared for any departures at Glanford Park when the January transfer window opens.
If he is to add to his Scunthorpe United squad, Laws must raise funds either through letting some of his players go out on loan or on permanent deals.
Whilst he says he wouldn't want to lose someone for financial reasons alone, he accepts a club like Scunthorpe will often be used as a stepping stone.
"I never worry about losing players, because at the end of the day, if a player goes, he goes for a reason," said the Iron boss.
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"He goes because he's doing well for the football club.
"You worry if you start losing players for the wrong reasons, and that's a financial one.
"But that's part and parcel of the game, particularly with a club which is struggling financially.
"That's the only fear I have – whether we have to make a financial decision somewhere along the line. Football decisions are dead easy to make.
"We want players to attract other clubs because that means they're playing well and it means we're benefiting from it.
"This club has always seasonally brought in players and sold players, that's how we survive.
"I always encourage the fact players should come here because we do believe if they get the right coaching they can progress.
"I don't want any players coming looking to stay here for 10 years. I want them to come here looking to use it as a stepping stone if necessary to get to a higher division or a higher level.
"That's something that is rewarding for the players and rewarding for the club.
"It doesn't worry me, as long as it's for the right reasons.
"We'll never step in anybody's way if it's right for this football club and right for the player and everybody concerned."
Mark Duffy in particular, has been putting in consistently good performances in claret and blue, but Laws says any exit will not have a detrimental effect.
"You've always got to prepare yourself because there's an inevitability about it, that your best players could be the ones who have to go because they are the only ones who are wanted," he said.
"If that happens I'll be prepared for that and we'll move on."