WREXHAM manager Brian Carey is hoping to complete a loan signing before Saturday’s home match against Lincoln City.
The Dragons boss, who has been in touch with a Championship club in the past 24 hours, is keen to arrest a run of six straight defeats – four of them in the league – but he insisted the move for a new face was no reflection on his current squad.
“We’ve said from the beginning of the season that if the right players become available we would be interested in bringing them in on loan,” Carey said yesterday.
“We are not flush with money, but the budget is okay and we have got some room to manoeuvre. We have made an inquiry about one of the players on our list and we are just waiting to see if his club are prepared to let him come here for a spell.”
Although Wrexham have a bigger squad this season than for a number of years, Carey said several younger players were seen as long-term investments who might themselves benefit from going out on loan. Defender Gareth Evans and goalkeeper Vinny Whelan have already made temporary moves to Northwich Victoria and Caernarfon Town respectively, and others could follow when the transfer window reopens in January.
Carey added: “We have high hopes for the likes of Connal Murtagh, Andy Fleming, Michael Carvill and Neil Taylor, who are all going to play a big part in the future, but in the short term it may be that some of them will go out on loan. The experience of playing elsewhere and getting a run of games under their belt is what they need.”
Although suspended pair Chris Llewellyn and Michael Proctor are unavailable this weekend, Carey is more optimistic about the prospects of a return for injury-hit Ryan Valentine and Silvio Spann, both of whom have responded well to treatment.
But young defender Mike Williams continues to be troubled by a back problem and is unlikely to figure.
Carey gave his senior players a day off yesterday, much to the disappointment of former Racecourse favourite Jim Whitley, who found himself training alone at Colliers Park yesterday.
Now 32 and seemingly completely recovered from the serious knee injury that kept him out of the game for more than two years, Whitley is keen for one last crack at league football before hanging up his boots for good.
“Brian (Carey) has been good enough to let me train here, which is great because the staff know the history of my injury,” said Whitley. “I’ve missed the day-to-day involvement of being with the lads but I turn up today to find no-one else here!
“My knee is okay now so I’m working on my fitness and the best way to measure that is alongside other professional footballers.
“If I’m happy with what I feel I’ll start putting out some feelers to other clubs and see what happens.
“If I stay fit I reckon I’m good for another couple of years, although probably not in midfield.
“I spent too long here doing Darren Ferguson’s running for him, but I could do a job for someone as a full-back.”