Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained that his plans to move into the loan market to bolster his squad are not just down to his team's start to the 2014-15 season. The Glovers boss is concerned at the number of players that he has at his disposal and earlier this week stated that he had plans to bring in further reinforcements to help his team succeed.
Despite the win last night against Walsall, Gary told BBC Somerset that he would still be continuing to search for players with that in mind, pointing out that a trio of long term absentees were causing him concern. Winger Joel Grant has not played any football since returning from a summer quartet of Jamaican international matches, due to a foot injury sustained on a treadmill, whilst the left-sided Liam Davis broke his wrist in a collision with Brendan Moloney on the opening day of the season. Meanwhile midfielder James Berrett suffered a thigh strain that has kept him out of the last two matches. Those players are likely to remain absent into September:
"We've got three that are out injured at the moment - they're (James) Berrett, Granty (Joel Grant) and Davis. Those people are going to be out for probably still three or four weeks, and obviously Nana has been suspended. So we've lost four in a small squad. So I think we're going to need numbers. I've spoken with the board about that and they're pretty comfortable with me coming back to them and talking about specific loan signings."
Johnson explained that bringing in new faces wouldn't be a straight-forward job, with the need to sift through lists of players that weren't really what he was looking for, whilst with the better players there was inevitably a lot of competition:
"Everybody is trying to do it at the moment, so for every one that is available there are four or five clubs that are interested. We're looking at all different positions, and we're getting a lot of information from agents who still haven't found anywhere for their players. Some we're interested in, some we're only half interested in, and most of them we're not interested in at all, as it won't improve us."
Despite only having six players on his bench last night at the Bescot Stadium, Gary confirmed that defender Matteo Lanzoni is not injured. However, he indicated that he wasn't happy about the player's overall level of fitness and indicated that he was left behind on the basis that he wasn't likely to get into the field of play.
Given Lanzoni was only sparingly used during the pre-season friendly schedule, this would tend put his overall future at Huish Park in doubt. The Italian has only made two substitute appearances since mid-March, and just six overall appearances since his arrival at the club on an 18 month contract back in January.
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