There may have to be a 'sacrificial lamb' to free up funds, warns Scunthorpe United boss Brian Laws
Brian Laws says there may have to be a 'sacrificial lamb' in a bid to strengthen his Scunthorpe United squad.
The Iron boss has frequently described how he has been 'begging' other managers for favours in an attempt to recruit more players before the loan window closes in a fortnight's time.
He has already brought in goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall for a month from Millwall and revealed he is trying to bring back former United midfielder Matt Sparrow.
Striker Matt Godden has joined Ebbsfleet United on loan and though Laws is trying to avoid letting any more of his squad go - something which would free up funds - he admits it may become a necessity.
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"We haven't got a big squad and the one thing I'm very mindful of is loaning players out who are actually in your squad," he said.
"There may have to be a sacrificial lamb somewhere along the line to bring in some money, but I'm trying to go another route and trying to bring players by beg, steal and borrow as much as I can without straining anymore finances on the football club.
"I'll go down that avenue first and if I can't get any success through it over the next week or so then I suppose I'm going to have to try to get somebody out on loan to release some money because there's other situations and other positions I need to strengthen."
Given both Leon Clarke and Karl Hawley are only at Glanford Park in the short-term, one of those positions is likely to be in attack.
Clarke is on loan from Charlton Athletic, while his strike partner's deal with Scunthorpe runs out in January.
Laws conceded he faces some difficult decisions when it comes to trying to keep hold of certain players, including Hawley and midfielder David Prutton.
The latter is eligible for just one more game as he starts a three-match suspension tomorrow, and the manager would only say a 'last minute' decision would be taken on whether his time in North Lincolnshire would be extended.
On Hawley, he added: "We've talked to him about the situation, but we can't really think that far ahead unfortunately, which is disappointing to say but that's the truth of the matter.
"We have to see how things pan out over the next month or so.
"We'd love to keep the likes of Karl Hawley at the football club but we might not be able to, that's the thing, because of the finances – unless we can move one or two of the players out to release some funds.
"It's going to be a tight decision on a few people but he's a player we'd certainly like to keep."
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