McDonald wants more loan signings for Pool

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Neil McDonald will turn to the loan transfer market to boost his beleaguered Blackpool squad.

The Seasiders have lost five games on the bounce and were described as “fragile” by their manager after Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Doncaster.

While McDonald has always insisted he is happy with his squad and would make additions only “when they are needed”, he now wants to add a couple of new faces before the loan deadline on Wednesday next week.

McDonald said: “We are trying to bring players in and I might have to hurry that up after Saturday’s display.

“Last week we brought a goalkeeper in (Dean Lyness) and a centre- half (Will Aimson) but we still need a few more. We’ll keep on trying to do that.

“Whoever I’ve played over the last few games haven’t really performed, which is the really disappointing thing.

“It’s all about how you perform as a player. If you do well as an individual, you have a chance of winning.”

Wingers will be high on Blackpool’s wish-list after Henry Cameron was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

McDonald is believed to have approached a number of clubs in the search for loan players and is awaiting an answer from one in particular.

The Pool boss added: “Hopefully we can bring in a few new faces. We enquired about some last week and we are waiting on an answer. If we can bring in a couple, it would freshen up the squad and help.

“The fragile feeling around the club might make me work a bit quicker in the transfer market now.”

Pool have four loan players at present, though Liverpool’s Lloyd Jones is a long-term absentee with injury.

Two others, Aimson and Kwame Thomas, were both left on the bench on Saturday, and McDonald added: “The scenario is that every club wants its players to play when you take them on loan.

“If we take players on loan, I’ll try to play them as much as I can as that will help in the future to get others in, so I have to be careful who I bring in.”

McDonald insists his squad problems are not down to a lack of support from chairman Karl Oyston.

McDonald explained: “The budget is quite flexible. Every time I’ve gone to the hierarchy and asked if we can have someone, then they’ve tried to help.

“All I can do is put the names in front of them and say, ‘I think they will enhance us’. Every time I’ve done it they’ve come true, so I’m pleased. If that carries on until the loan deadline, then I’m sure they’ll be supportive.”