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NATHAN JONES ON POSSIBLE TRANSFER TARGETS

30 January 2017

The gaffer talked about the type of players he wants to sign

Hatters boss Nathan Jones plans on only adding “something different” to his squad if the opportunity appears as the closure of the January transfer window approaches.

The Town have added midfield duo Lawson D’Ath and Luke Gambin to their ranks, whilst Mark O’Brien has been the only permanent departure with Josh McQuoid joining Stevenage on loan.

Asked at his press conference today if he plans on bringing any new faces to Kenilworth Road, Jones said he would only delve into the market if it brings a different dimension to what he has.

“There won't be much, but if there is, if we can improve it - because we have got a fantastic squad we are proud of - we might need something different,” he said.

“So if something different doesn’t come up, then we won’t do it. If something different does come up, then we will do it. If it improves us then we will.

“We are under no pressure to. I am very happy with the squad, with the numbers, with the options, with the quality. I am very, very happy.”  

Town hold a strong record this season against the top teams in Sky Bet League Two, but their next four league fixtures are against teams placed in 12th and below, in what will prove to be an important period as the Hatters close in on the top three.

The Town manager doesn’t think the teams’ positions come into it, as they will all be tough tests.

Jones said: “I don’t think that really matters [their league position]. If you look at the results we have had anyway, if you look at our results against the top seven sides, then we have got the best record.

“What we have got to do is make sure our performances are on point and we get the results that we need. That’s the only thing that matters.”

In the absence of the injured Cameron McGeehan, Town have continued to find the goal regularly, winning three of their last four fixtures. Danny Hylton is also going through a slight dry spell in front of goal at the moment, but that has been plugged by the likes of Isaac Vassell, Jack Marriott, Scott Cuthbert, Jake Gray and Jordan Cook who have all chipped in this month.

“We aren’t a one man team,” Jones continued. “Danny Hylton and Cameron McGeehan will get the spotlight because of the goals they score.

“We have got some big players, real good players for the level, so we tried to cover every eventuality with our recruitment and praise the lord we have got good recruitment here.

“When the likes of Cameron – who is a big loss for any side in this division, in the division above and maybe even the division above that – is a big loss, there are other player who can step up, we have been in good form.”

That decent run of form hasn’t only been something created by a potent strike force, but built on a strong backline that has conceded three less league goals than any other fourth tier team.

Jones has selected 20-year-old Jack Senior and 18-year-old James Justin as his full-backs for the last two league matches, and the pair have impressed a lot of the Kenilworth Road faithful.

Asked about their improvement, the Town boss said it’s not just his younger players who are learning.

Jones explained: “We do one-to-one with most, because everyone needs improving. Scott Cuthbert is an experienced one but even he will get caught out of position.

“They are all on a learning curve. Being a full back, I think both [Senior and Justin] are going to have a far better career than I had, maybe not as long as mine!

“I would hope that they would play at a far higher level and go on and play in the Premier League. They are two young players, who we want to work with, we want them to do well and we just love their characters as well, that’s the good thing about them.”

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