Further to yesterday's news, concerning manager Russell Slade's 'green light' to bring in a striker on a month's loan, both Russell and Chairman John Fry have given their views on the current attempts to strengthen the squad.
Speaking in this week's Western Gazette, Mr Fry insisted that despite the financial constraints on the club, the board were doing everything they could to help the manager bring in new players:
"The board has discussed the situation of players with Russell and you have to bear in mind that we have financial commitments and budgets. But at this stage of the season the board have pledged their support to assist Russell wherever we can."
Although Mr Fry said that where possible new players would be brought in, he admitted that with the transfer window closed that the number of options out there were very limited, and also confirmed that the board's policy was for players to leave the club before permission would be granted for new blood to be brought in:
"The problem is that because of the transfer window, you have not got many options or choices of who is available. Like other clubs we have very few options in front of us and have to get players out before we can get players in. If we do not do that, then we will be stuck with more and more costs. We are aware that Russell needs certain players and that is a fact."
The Yeovil Chairman also pointed out that many players were turning down a chance to move to Somerset because of the inevitable relocation that would be necessary for almost any player joining the club, and that was unattractive for a loan move:
"Where we are located is a problem, because players don't want to come down here for short term periods. Also the current position of the club in the Football League is an issue because players prefer to go to a Championship club."
Mr Fry said that he had been given lists of targets by Russell in the past that the manager wanted to bring into the club, but said that the few quality players that were out there were being snapped up very quickly by other clubs:
"We had a situation recently where Russell gave us a list of players and before you could snap your fingers, these players were fitted up with other clubs. Most of these players are trying to get to the higher levels with higher wages for when the window opens up in January."
Speaking to BBC Somerset, manager Russell Slade confirmed that he'd been given the green light to bring in a striker, but wanted to clarify an assumption that this would be a permanent signing. Russell explained that the deal was for a month's loan only, with another player likely to move in the opposite direction:
"Let me clear things up. I've been given the go-ahead and the permission to bring a striker in on a month's loan. To help with the financial situation we may have to get one of our younger players out on loan, just to help that a little bit. But that's what I've been given the go-ahead to do. Unfortunately that came a little bit after (Noel) Gifton-Williams and one or two other players. On my list I had the likes of Kevin Kyle, who has moved onto Hartlepool, and one or two others on that list have also moved on very rapidly. We're trying to drum up another list to see who else is about, but I do want somebody with a little bit of presence and a little bit of power, and that's what we'll try and pick up."
Russell added that although a striker is a number one priority, that with him likely to lose full-backs Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith after this weekend to groin operations, that this would be likely to leave him short of defenders for up to six weeks:
"A striker is clearly the priority, but if we lose the two players that we're talking about, who are both full-backs, then we are going to need a defender of some description."
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