Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law is hopeful of adding to add to the Reds’ squad ahead of his return to the Town dugout this weekend.
Law has sat out the start of the 2014/15 campaign after incurring a six-match stadium suspension following a charge of improper conduct last season and he returns to the fray with his side sat bottom of the table, yet to pick up a point, and facing a trip to league leaders Barnet on Saturday.
But, despite the August transfer window deadline closing on Monday night, Law says he still has plenty of irons in the fire.
“We spent two or three weeks prior to the window trying to strengthen but everywhere we have been looking, we have been knocked back or offered Academy lads who might be technically good enough, but sometimes are not strong enough for this level of football. It comes as a bit of a culture shock to them” explained Law.
“The only other option now is to look at the free agents (players out of contract), and fortunately there are still plenty around.”
“We are still very much proactive, we are still looking to bring players in and all being well, we will have one, maybe two coming in to the club in time for the weekend.
“It may mean a couple might have to go out on loan to subsidise the deals, but that’s where we are at right now.”
Law’s return could not be more difficult with his side sat rock bottom the Conference Premier Division table and travelling to face a Barnet side who are hot favourites for the title following a summer of impressive captures including former QPR and Fulham winger Lee Cook who is currently the second highest goalscorer in the division.
“Obviously we are really disappointed with the start we have had” said Law.
“We have had a tough first six or seven fixtures. That said, I don’t think anyone expected the results we have had.
“They don’t come much harder than Barnet, I have seen them and they are a proper side, a really good team. They are a real good outfit and everyone I have spoken to about them says they are on a different level and think they are better team than Luton last season which is saying something. They resemble more of a league team than a Conference team.
“It is going to be a tough game, a massive game, but we are looking forward to it. We will be going down there with a specific game plan and see if we can get something out of it” ended Law.
ATFC Supporters’ Association transport to Barnet departs at 9am and seats can be booked by contacting Mark Thorpe on 07857 558401.
Next Tuesday, Alfreton return to the Impact Arena with a home game against promoted Altrincham. Kick-off is 7.45pm.