Loan market will be a 'contingency plan' for Scunthorpe United says Brian Laws
BOSS Brian Laws is not ruling out using the loan market when it re-opens tomorrow.
But it seems much more likely that the option to bring a new face in to Scunthorpe United will be put on hold until it is absolutely necessary.
The opportunity to make emergency loan signings is available to Football League clubs from Friday, a week after the closure of the transfer window for permanent deals.
But with Scunthorpe still at the top end of their budget – and having today released details of an expected £1 million loss for the current financial year – Laws is keen to hold on to any small amount of finance available for team strengthening.
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The Iron are two games into a busy February which may well prove make or break to their ambitions of climbing clear of the relegation zone.
As such, the United manager feels he needs a contingency plan for if his small squad, already devoid of Christian Ribeiro and Damien Mozika because of injury, is depleted further.
“You never say never, but we’ve got to be prepared for every eventuality,” said Laws, when asked by the Telegraph if anything was likely to happen when the loan window opened.
“We will, I’m sure, make a move at some point, but it will be a reaction to what happens on the pitch. That’s the position that we’re in.
“We have to have room for a contingency plan, but at the moment we don’t know where it’s needed.
“We’re going to have to react to what happens on the pitch.
“The players we have are the players we’ll work with. We believe in them and if we can keep them fit and off the treatment table, we’re fine.
“But we know with the games coming thick and fast something is going to happen, because that’s what happens in football – particularly when you’re down the bottom.
“We’ll use the loan market for sure, but when we have to.”