Date: 18th May 2014 at 4:44pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has pointed to how successful some of the loan deals were that he arranged quickly last season when taking on the job, but for the coming campaign, he’s said he’ll be looking at loan spells that will last the entire season so when they do work out, we have the player available constantly, and of course the benefit of that is the first team can have some consistency to it when players are on form.

Speaking to the Official Site, he pointed to the fact that the likes of Shamir Goodwin, Shaquile Coulthirst and Baily Cargill became some of our top performing players as the season came to an end – but obviously acknowledged the focus at the moment is on permanent deals where he can have more of an eye to the future rather than an individual campaign.

‘We were the platform for a lot of those lads to go on and do well. I gave Shamir, Shaq, and Baily a chance to play in League 2, and I’ll still be trying for them next season.’

Hargreaves goes on to say that already having got a line of communication with those clubs, and them now knowing their players will get game time and be treated well by the club, he has already had talks with Brighton and Tottenham not only about those players we had last term, but also to see if there any other ‘bright sparks’ available that we could look at for a solid season and not just a limited spell.

‘The one month loads are not ideal and people can be critical of loan signings because they may not have the club at heart. It’s true to an extent but Shaq, Shamir and Bailey, for example, were some of our best players and they were brought in because others hadn’t done the job.’

Always a risk and a mix on loans, some just won’t work out however much the player invests in his loan club, but obviously for all players they come out on loan to get games, gain experience and to develop on a personal level for their parent club.

‘The first thing to do is sign players for our club before we go down the loan route. Ideally, you start with 18 of your own lads and finish with your own lads.’