Confusion over United loan deals

Wednesday, March 21: 10am - WITH tomorrow night's League Two transfer deadline looming large, confusion surrounds Boston United's efforts to bring in some much-needed fresh blood to their ailing squad.

After the club formally announced the loan signings of Hartlepool striker Michael Proctor and Huddersfield defender John McCombe late last week, manager Steve Evans was deeply frustrated to find the necessary paperwork had not been completed in time for the players to feature in Saturday's heroic win at Mansfield.

Now, with an even tougher game approaching at promotion-chasing Wycombe Wanderers on Friday night, Evans said yesterday (Tuesday) he was still waiting for that most important of phone calls.

"I'm waiting by the phone for the call from Jim Rodwell," he said.

"We'd agreed these deals in principle last week, but it was just a case of the prospective new owners having had business meetings previously arranged, which had been in their diaries for some months – and I totally understand that that happens.

"They have to have a say."

However, a spokesman for Standing Alone – currently carrying out a period of due diligence while considering a possible takeover – said the company has nothing to do with the signing of players, claiming instead that the stumbling block was the signings potentially taking United over the league's 60 per cent salary cap rule.

"Both parties have agreed that all day-to-day issues are handled by the existing club management," said the spokesman.

For Evans, though, the waiting game continues, with further question marks hanging over whether a deal to bring Watford winger Albert Jarrett back to York Street can be finalised in time.

"I hope he's coming back," said Evans. "He's indicated he would like to stay, and Watford are quite happy."

One player who won't be coming back is Bradley Thomas, who returns to Yeovil after his loan spell.

But with Stewart Talbot (calf), David Farrell (knee) and Colin Cryan (thigh) all missing training this week and rated 'very doubtful' by Evans to feature in Friday's game, the Scot was in no doubt about his need for new faces.

"If we don't get any loan players in, and we do lose one or two of these to injuries, then we're looking at drafting in a couple of young scholars for the match," he said. "And to be perfectly honest, they're a long way from being ready for League Two action."

With this in mind, United have been experimenting with a possible return to a 4-4-2 formation this week in case they need to protect a potentially inexperienced defence.