Obstacles for Aspin in bid to get new blood

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Boss Neil Aspin is working hard in his bid to sign players to bolster his beleaguered squad.

But the Shay chief has warned the clubs fans that he will not make signings for the sake of it.

Cameron Darkwah, Ryan Toulson and Jason St Juste will all serve suspensions in the early part of next month following their recent red cards.

And with Lee Gregory limping from the field against Nuneaton and Jamie Rainford failing to even make the squad due to an ankle injury, resources are looking a little thin.

Aspin has always shied away from having a squad of more than 18 or 19 players and is keen to stick to that.

But he knows that his squad needs reinforcing ahead of a tough run of games in March that includes clashes with leaders Hyde FC and play off rivals Guiseley.

“I might take criticism from fans who want to see big squads,” he said.

“But we have to get the right players in.

“They have to be players who improve us or there is no point in bringing them here.

“We need a couple of bodies to freshen things up and give us a boost.

“Once we get that and we get a win we can push on again.”

Aspin added that the major problem he had was to get in players experienced enough to be able to make an instant impact with the Shaymen in their continuing battle to reach the Blue Square bet North play offs.

“If you are going into the loan market you are not going to get someone from your own league,” he said.

“You are looking at a higher division and if he is from a club doing well they don’t want him to go out because they want to keep their squad.

“A lot of Football League players don’t want to go part time and that is a problem.

“That means you are offered a lot of young lads and I am loathe to bring a lot of young lads in.

“You imagine the next game at home, we are under pressure to win a game and it is difficult.

“The young players come in from football where they are under no pressure at all.

“You are throwing them in and expecting them to produce.”

One further problem is an unwillingness of teams to allow players good enough to make a difference at the Shay to leave - even on a temporary basis.

“There are not many people willing to do us favours at the moment,” said Aspin.

“Hopefully that will change and we can get some players in on loan.”