DEAN Saunders will only bring in loan additions if his small squad suffer any injuries.
The Doncaster Rovers manager is acutely aware that he has just the bare bones of a squad but would rather bring in guaranteed starters as and when he desperately needs them.
He has former Rovers player Brian Flynn on hand to suggest players who might be able to come in at short notice should an injury spree strike.
“I’ve got Brian working for me and one of his jobs is to look around at players that we might be able to take. We have to be ready for that because it’s not going to be a surprise if we’re short of players,” said Saunders.
“Rather than signing players now and paying their wages and them not playing, I’d probably sign them when the accident happens and hopefully we’ve players in place who we can take off clubs and who can come in and do a job for us.”
Saunders concedes that he is still having to wrestle with a budget following last season’s relegation. James Coppinger, who was one of the big earners from their Championship days, left for Nottingham Forest on loan at the end of the transfer window and Saunders doesn’t want to see any other departures.
“There’s still some work to be done on the budget and the wage bill but that can be done in different ways and I’m still juggling really,” Saunders said.
“I don’t particularly want to lose any of the players I’ve got but if some of the players that have come in don’t do well then I’ll get rid of them.
“There’s always agents on the phone asking whether we’ll do this and that. At the moment we go into the game on Sautrday with everybody fit and hoing to play.
“The ones I don’t pick will be on the bench. I’ll have 11 on the pitch and seven on the bench and that’s the squad.
Saunders is approaching a year in the job at the Keepmoat and remains energised about the continued demands of being in charge. “It’s a challenge. It was a difficult challenge when I came in. The team hadn’t won for six months which is a hell of a long time,” he said.
“The club had hit a brick wall and went down a route of trying to stop up and we nearly did it.
“This year I’ve had to build a whole new team and we’ve made about 15 changes behind the scenes.
“We’ve had a great start. We’ve got really difficult fixtures coming up now, which is great. I’m just driven to try and make the team succeed.”
Saunders confirmed that Rovers have an unnamed Spanish player on trial who has come with good recommendations.