NEAL Ardley has scrapped plans to delve into the loan market but admits he may dip into the transfer market's bargain basement as he looks to strengthen his options.
With Jonathan Meades struggling with a foot injury, Ardley was watching on as Curtis Osano got 90 minutes under his belt in last night's Surrey Senior Cup win at Chipstead.
But with Osano himself having only just returned from an ankle injury, the Dons gaffer conceded he may be forced to cast his net out.
He said: “Jonathan has got deep bone bruising on his foot, so we are looking at certain other options, although I don't really want to go down the loans route.
“It will be more a case of seeing what free transfers are available. That's something I'll be chatting to the board about, but we've got six or seven weeks left, and it's an area where we need to get bodies in.
“We had a good look at Curtis Osano, and it was important for him to get 90 minutes in. He is the sort of player, similar to me in my playing days, where he needs to keep an eye on his fitness. Let's just say he's not naturally clear-winded.”