Wilkin will need to bolster squad but strike a balance

Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin
Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin

Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin has a dilemma: which loan players to try to bring to the club.

Wilkin is more than happy with his squad but, with only 16 players on the books, knows he must bolster it with some loan signings.

Rarely did I dip into the loan market last season but we’re going to have to in the next week or so, it’s just a question of finding the right players to bring in

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

In-form Saints entertain newly-promoted Hereford in Saturday’s Vanarama National League North. Hereford have adapted well to life since being promoted and Wilkin expects a tight game between the two sides on Saturday.

Wilkin said: “Hereford are a big club, they’ve started well and have made the adjustment to the next level. They’ve come into this league on the back of a winning campaign in the Southern League, which has kept their momentum going.”

Saints will be without Shepherd Murombedzi who begins a three-match suspension and that has prompted Wilkin to look at loan signings. But Wilkin knows there is a balance to be struck.

He said: “We need to bring some players in with the size of the squad we’ve got. But I’m happy with that squad so it would be loan players I would be looking at.

“It’s a tough one because there are certain players we’ve already tried to bring in who either want to play at a higher level or demand too much money. Rarely did I dip into the loan market last season but we’re going to have to in the next week or so, it’s just a question of finding the right players to bring in.

“We don’t want players sat in the stand clicking their heels which is what happened with a couple of the younger ones we brought in. We’ve got players on the bench who want to be playing but with a squad of only 16 we need to bring some in.”