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NATHAN JONES ON THE TRANSFER WINDOW AND HYLTON'S FITNESS

18 January 2018

Hatters boss Nathan Jones insists he’s not worried by a lack of transfer window movement in or out of Kenilworth Road, as he prepares his table-topping team for Saturday’s home Sky Bet League Two fixture with Morecambe.

Speaking to the local media at this pre-match Press conference at The Brache this afternoon, Jones was asked about any business potentially being done during January.

“We are seeing what’s about,” said the Welshman, whose side are three points clear of second-placed Notts County and eight ahead of fourth-placed Wycombe going into the weekend’s fixtures.

“We are working hard to improve the squad, but there is no panic or anything. We have good numbers, we have good quality and good cover in all places. But if something happens that can improve our squad, then we’ll try and do that.

“We know people we’d like to bring into the squad that we think would improve us. If we don’t get those, then nothing changes. We’ve got to the top of the league with the squad that we’ve got and they’ll hopefully continue to improve and get better, so we are in no great panic.

“We are not looking at great numbers. One or two maybe that would improve us, but they would have to be of a real top level for us to have to bring in. If nothing happens, then we are quite content with what we’ve got.”

Jones was then asked about potential interest in members of his own squad from a higher level.

“I’d imagine we’ve got plenty of interest, but we won’t be selling really, so there’s no negotiations in,” he said. “Next week I imagine will be a crazy week for lots of people coming in with late bids, but that just means our resolve will be stronger because if we were to get a fantastic bid from someone, all it does is just take away from our squad.

“Yes, it gives us money, but if it’s late enough that you can’t spend it then there’s no point.

“So unless something ridiculous came in this week, then we wouldn’t even entertain anything because we’re very settled at the minute. We’ve got a good group, I’m happy with the group and we’ll go from there.”

There could be departures on loan for younger members of the squad, while striker Josh McQuoid remains on the transfer list since returning from his three-month stint at Torquay.

The gaffer added: “We’ve got one or two that will be available as long as we can find the right club for those. Josh McQuoid is one that is available, we’ve said that.

“If we did do a bit of business, then something might come, but at the minute we are not in a rush to move anyone out. It will be the younger ones really that might need a few games and now’s the right time to do it, as we’ll need the recalls as well.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, for which Alan Sheehan will serve the final match of his three-game suspension, Jones will not have winger Luke Gambin, captain Scott Cuthbert or midfielder Alan McCormack back fit, but striker Danny Hylton is expected to return after missing the defeat at Chesterfield last weekend with a hamstring problem.

“Danny’s trained this week, so hopefully he’ll be fully fit and ready to go,” said Jones. “He’d be a big player for anyone outside the Premier League, so it’s good to have him back but we are more than a one-man team.

“It’s just that when he doesn’t play and we play as poorly as we did last week, it highlights that he’s not in the team. But he’s not been in the team on a few occasions this season and we’ve done very very well, so it’s not all about Danny Hylton.”

*Tickets for Saturday's 3pm kick-off against Morecambe are still available from the LTFC ticket office in person, by phone on 01582 416976 or online

 


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