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Cox on search for new acquisition

4 February 2014

Manager Paul Cox admits it may be ‘difficult’ to add a new player to his squad in time for Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match at home to Southend United.

Despite being unable to sign any players on permanent deals during the transfer window, our boss can bring in new faces on loan over the coming weeks.
 
Nevertheless, in spite of a continued search by Cox and his backroom team, the quest to find a ‘fox in the box’ type-striker, who will fit into our squad, is taking its time.
 
“I think it will be difficult be Friday,” said Cox. “We’ve been at a number of games over the past week, but I think we’re playing catch up with people now.
 
“We had a number of players in our sights but a lot of them have signed for other clubs, so [we have to] start the search again.
 
“The problem we’ve got is that the better players will have gone during the transfer window, either on loan, or on loan with a view to a permanent deal.
 
“So we’re going to have to re-jig our targets now.”
 
He continued: “We’re still looking for someone who can score goals. I think it was hard building into the transfer window, and it’s going to be even harder now.
 
“A fresh face would do us the world of good, but it’s finding that player who is going to improve us, fit into the dressing room and help us in certain areas of the field.
 
“Deals were done during the window, so we’re going to have to have a look at the whole range of players who are out there now.
 
“We may look at some younger players, but you have to be careful because sometimes when you take these players on loan they aren’t ready physically or mentally for what’s going to be a tough end to the season.”
 
Our boss also confirmed that full-back Lee Beevers was close to going to hospital after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Plymouth Argyle.
 
“His shoulder popped out, but they managed to pop it back under medication,” said Cox.
 
“It’s another [injury] where we’re going to have to wait and see how it settles down, and whether he’ll need an operation or he can just resume playing.”

The full interview will be available later today on Stags Player.

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