No Pompey panic buys as window opens

Pompey boss Andy Awford
Pompey boss Andy Awford
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ANDY AWFORD has vowed he won’t be panicked into a move in the loan market.

Today sees Football League clubs allowed to make temporary signings as the emergency loan window opens.

That follows the close of the standard transfer window for permanent recruits last week.

The window runs until November 27, with deals able to be agreed for a period between 28 and 93 days.

With Premier League outfits submitting their 25-man squads, there will be players up for grabs who don’t make it into those selections.

Awford has consistently stated he will keep an eye out for available options.

There is money in the kitty to cover wages.

But the Pompey boss stated he isn’t going to be agitated into a move after losing the past couple of league games.

He feels there is plenty of options in his 29-man squad at present.

Awford reckons his current crop affords him a position of comfort when making any further moves.

‘The result on Sunday doesn’t affect my thinking on the loan window,’ said Awford.

‘The right player would have to become available.

‘I’m not going to panic into bringing anyone into the club.

‘It has got to be the right person that the football staff feel is the right person.

‘Once the football staff have found the right person, we would look to bring him in.

‘It has to be the right fit.

‘I have a very good squad of players here and have been lucky to be able to assemble that.’

Awford has to be aware of the number of loan players at his disposal when considering any further strengthening.

Paul Robinson, Miles Storey and Alex Wynter are the temporary additions among his squad at present.

Robinson is at the club until January from Millwall, with season-long deals in place for Wynter and Storey from Crystal Palace and Swindon respectively.

League rules state you are allowed to bring in as many loan players as you like.

There is a limit of five players being included in any match-day squad, however.

Awford said: ‘We know the rules on loans, so there is no point in just bringing loads in.’