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MANAGER: We do need bodies

5 March 2014

Graham Kavanagh on loan signings

United manager Graham Kavanagh today confirmed that he is still on the lookout for at least one addition to the squad as waits for news on Sean O’Hanlon, Matt Robson and Sam Byrne who were all added to the injury list over the course of the last few days.

“We keep working away but we aren’t going to count our chickens,” he said. “We’ve looked at a few potential signings already but they haven’t happened for us, for whatever reason.

“I do know that we need bodies in the building because of the injuries we’ve picked up. We’re working on difficult surfaces and the training facilities we have to use don’t really help. It’s having a big impact on what we’re doing and on the players and their bodies. That’s just something else we have to try to manage.”

“I’m doing all I can to get players in,” he confirmed. “I could gamble and take players I know nothing about, but you have to ask if they’re going to be better than what we have. 

“I have to get players in I feel will improve the squad. However, maybe we are getting to a stage where we have to take a calculated gamble. The amount of injuries we’ve had over the second half of this season is something I haven’t seen before. 

“It’s been absolutely incredible. You pray day by day that nobody else gets added to it. We will now have to be very cautious and concerned about how we train.”

And on loan duo Jordan Pickford and Danny Redmond, who come to the end of their current loan spells this weekend, he said: “We haven’t spoken yet but I’d love to keep both of them for as long as I can. 

“They’ve been great additions to the club and they are fantastic around the group. We bring them in and allow them to make mistakes but their clubs have been first class in entrusting us with their players. Like I say, hopefully we’ll get to see them for a little bit longer.”

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