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Loan deal update

4 January 2018

John Coleman will make decisions on his eight current loan signings tomorrow – as he looks to continue the attack on the promotion places in the second half of the season.

Coleman boosted his squad with the additions of goalkeeper Max Stryjek (Sunderland), Farrend Rawson (Derby), Callum Johnson (Middlesbrough), Tyler Forbes and Tom Dallison (both Brighton), Jonny Edwards (Hull), Jordan Thorniley (Sheffield Wednesday) and Mallik Wilks (Leeds) in the first half of the season.

However, apart from Stryjek and Edwards, any new deals for the remaining six loanees would need to be renegotiated with their parent clubs.

Meanwhile, Coleman admitted he won't sign so many again, with only five loan players allowed in the match-day squad.

“That hamstrung us to be honest, having so many,” said Coleman. “I won't make that mistake again. I thought I could convert a couple easily into permanent deals but it didn't happen due to the players or the club. I will learn from this.

“Most of the loan deals were up in January and I will finalise it tomorrow. We will then try and get a  few in – maybe three, four or five depending.

“It isn't easy, it's always a risk, as you don't always know whether they can cope with this type of football, this type of environment or whether they buy into the ethos of the club.

“We know what we have got to do and we will do our best.”

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