Scunthorpe United boss Alan Knill prepared to wait for answers to loan questions
It is a system he has used successfully before, and one Alan Knill is planning to make use of again.
However, he must wait to discover whether players he has earmarked for a loan spell at Glanford Park will get the go-ahead from their parent clubs.
The Scunthorpe manager has put the question to those concerned, though expects it will be the end of July before he receives an answer.
That will almost certainly be the case for Conor McAleny, who spent part of last season on loan with the Iron.
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Knill has said he would like to see the striker return and previously confirmed talks have taken place with Everton, as well as with Wolves about another former loanee, Jamie Reckord, but no further progress has been made.
"I've known it happen three or four days before the start of the season that players are being let out," Knill said. "You kind of have to go by the bigger clubs.
"It won't be until those clubs come back that it will be either a definite 'yes' or a definite 'no'.
"Even then, even if it's a 'yes', usually you're not getting them for a month at least. The managers want to see the young players for pre-season and most of the teams run two teams then. They will be playing two fixtures, so they need the squads.
"Then, when they have to name the squads, we'll know who's available and who's definitely coming out and who's not. It will be the end of July before we find out, I would have thought.
"In the meantime you still try to keep contact, to make sure they are still aware you're after this player or that player.
"We've contacted clubs and made them aware that we'd be interested in this player or that player if and when a decision's made to let the player out."
United's reputation for making good use of loan players will though, mean there is a good chance of a positive outcome, according to Knill.
"It's not proven so difficult for clubs to let us have them, especially the younger players, because they know they're going to come and play," he added.
"I hate to see loan players on the bench. I'm a big believer that if they come, they've got to come and play.
"It will be no different this year. If we take a loan signing, he'll be coming to play."