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Coley's learnt from loans

25 January 2018

John Coleman confirmed that there could be more new faces at Accrington Stanley during the January transfer window.

It's already been a busy month at the Wham Stadium, with three permanent deals done, and three loanees arriving, to boost the competition for places.

But Coleman is keen to avoid the situation of overloading his squad with loan players, after having eight at his disposal following the summer window.

"We've got a lot of our business done early this month," he said. "But we're still in a position to bring somebody in, if there's something that we feels stands out.

"We needed our squad strengthening and I think we've done that now, these lads wouldn't be here if they couldn't go just straight into the team.

"However, we're determined not to go down the route that we went with loan players in the last window. But if something happens in the next couple of weeks, we can dip our toe into the market and get another player on board, which suits us."

One of those eight loanees was goalkeeper Max Stryjek. The Sunderland stopper signed a season-long deal but that was cut short last week.

Jonny Maxted has since arrived on a permanent deal to provide competition to Aaron Chapman for a starting berth.

"It's always difficult when you have a loan keeper," Coleman explained. "Max came in from Sunderland and we had high hopes for him.

"Unfortunately he got injured and in that spell while he was out, Chappy had a purple patch. Max was an expensive option and we couldn't justify that outlay to ourselves with him out of the side.

"Max wanted to go and play football, I can understand that totally. We reached the mutual decision that it was better for him to go back and it suited all parties.

"It was important that we replaced him and we've managed to get our own goalkeeper in Jonny, who's on a long-term contract. We've got two goalkeepers now competing with each other and that's what I want, not a number one and number two."


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