Weston boss Laird leaves the loan market alone
CRAIG Laird is refusing to follow in the footsteps of rival Blue Square South managers by dipping into the transfer market.
Business has been frantic in recent weeks as clubs rush to bolster their squads ahead of a busy mid-winter period.
But Weston-super-Mare boss Laird is backing his squad to do the business and has no plans to bring in new faces.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's clash with promotion-chasing Dover in Kent, Laird said: "I put this squad together for a reason and I don't see why I should change for the sake of change.
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"There has been an incredible number of players moving around in recent weeks and I just don't see the reason for it. Very often, bringing in players on loan can raise more questions than answers.
"I have faith in my players and I don't want to do anything to undermine that. For that reason, I have only ever dipped into the loan market to cover for injuries.
"Other managers have their own way of doing things, but I'm not going to change."
Laird describes back-to-back away games at Dover and third-placed Boreham Wood (tomorrow week) as a "real test of character" for his players.
And he feels confident his mid-table team will give a good account of itself in Kent.
He said: "We are travelling the day before the game and have given the lads the week off training so they can be fresh.
"They showed a lot of courage to come back to draw with Havant last Saturday and we see playing Dover as a challenge."
Laird will await the outcome of a fitness check on midfielder Brett Trowbridge before naming his starting line-up.