PAUL Hurst says that the departures of Scott Brown and Jack Mackreth last week meant that his side were down to their bare bones on Saturday, and it is something that he is still looking to address.
''We were down to our last sixteen players, a couple of lads have obviously left the club this week and we're trying to work on bringing ones in,'' said the Town boss.
''I think the ones that left sort of had it in their mind that they were gonna leave the football club, I didn't feel their heads were still on getting back into the team and I thought we were fighting a losing a battle, so the group is certainly a small squad.
''Permanently, it will be difficult but whether it be till the end of the season on loan, which might be a possibility, there's no doubt that the players need some help, whether it's to go into the team or to be a part of the squad."
The January Transfer Window will officially slam shut at 11pm on Monday. A week after one window closes, the Emergency Loan window opens. This allows loan signings to be made up until the fourth Thursday in March, which this year is the 24th.
What is an Emergency Loan?
They can range from 28 days to 93 days. The upper end of the scale is over three months, so it is likely the player will be with their new club until the end of the season. The two clubs may also decide to introduce a break clause, in accordance with League regulations, which means the player can be recalled any time after the 28 day mark.
In extenuating circumstances, the League can agree to extend the loan beyond 93 days but, normally, you can’t keep the same player for more than this period of time (i.e. a club can’t keep signing him on loan over and over again).