Mellon moves in on striker loan

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Fleetwood Town boss Micky Mellon is hopeful of signing a striker on loan ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Plymouth.

But just in case he is unsuccessful, the Town boss has already called on his fit players to step up to the plate and make up for his shortage of recognised targetmen.

As at Exeter last weekend, Mellon faces the prospect of going into a League Two clash against Devon opposition with only one senior striker available to him in David Ball.

Hamstring injuries are again set to rule out Steven Gillespie and Jon Parkin, while Andy Mangan is a long-term casualty and Alex Titchiner is on loan at Halifax.

Mellon has plenty of irons in the fire in his bid for temporary reinforcements. He told The Gazette: “We’ve put a lot of calls in and are waiting for a lot of people to come back to us.

“It’s a bit like being in a chain when you’re trying to buy a house – it needs one move to go through and then the other pieces can fall into place.

“We are always trying to make things better but it’s difficult to sign players of the right type. It’s up to us to try to bring people in who will make us better and make us different as well.

“It’s looking likely that we can bring someone in before Saturday, but if we don’t I’ll be looking to other players to take the responsibility to get us a goal.

“We don’t have Jamie Vardy now, who we could always turn to when we needed a goal.

“I want players who are not strikers to stand up and show me what they can do when we need a goal.”

Gillespie has been making good progress and is close to a comeback, though Saturday’s game may prove too early.

Parkin, injured in last week’s draw with Rotherham, is not expected to play again for a month.