Reds boss on Valley trip
Reds boss Keith Hill met with the press today ahead of Saturday’s trip to Charlton Athletic.
“I keep getting false dawns with respect to injured players returning,” he said. “It’s quite frustrating because we make decisions loaning players out with respect to getting players back and that doesn’t materialise. I was led to believe Jim McNulty could be training with us last Monday, same with Martin Cranie and Stephen Foster.
“I don’t want to make too many loan signings. They’re not really compatible with what I’m trying to achieve, long-term.
“We’ll just see how the next couple of games go. I’ve not got any plans to bring anybody in before the weekend.”
Regarding retaining players, Hill is keen to keep hold of his best assets in the January transfer window.
“I don’t want to be in a position for the second half of the season as a result of losing players in January. The ramifications of what happened last season could have been relegation.
“You’ve got to make hay when the sun shines. When players are in good form there is a possibility that those players will wait and see what happens as well.
“You try and plan to avoid significant damage being done. We try and plan. We did a lot of foundation and planning work last season – a lot of it not seen.
“It’s so important we retain these players that were developing because we need to establish a future.”
Turning his attention to Charlton, Hill continued, “I want to see similar type of performances to what we’ve previously had. I want us to show more ruthlessness and more cutting edge.
“Just look at the players they’ve recruited and retained. They’ve got the momentum from getting promoted. They’ve had some excellent results and have some goal-scoring threats and they’re well-managed.