Fleetwood boss rules out loan moves

Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander

Graham Alexander will not dip into the loan market - branding it ‘damaging’ to the club’s efforts to develop talent in house.

Fleetwood did not add to their squad on transfer deadline day – Alexander having overseen a significant rebuild in the summer months.

And he’s not expecting to see anybody else through the door before the transfer window re-opens in January, instead putting his faith in the club’s development system.

It’s a radical change of direction for Fleetwood who have made heavy use of the loan system in previous years but one Alexander believes will benefit Town in the long term.

Alexander explained: “In the past when we’ve had injuries or suspensions we’ve gone out and brought in a young player on loan.

“There have been a few, like Iain Hume, we’ve known very well.

“But a lot have been unknown, brought in because we didn’t have our own.

“Now we feel we have our own.

“We could bring a player in from the Championship or we could push our own.

“That’s what we’re going to do.

“The loan market is the last thing I’m thinking of because this time next year it isn’t going to be there for us.

“We’ve had our eye on the future with this and we have to show faith.

“If we bring people in from other clubs, unproven players, it kills everything we’ve been doing for the last 18 months and we won’t do that.”

Town have enjoyed some success in bringing players out of the development side into the first team.

Nick Haughton, Ash Hunter and Tyler Forbes all impressed last season with a number of players fast-tracked this summer.

That includes former Squires Gate man Jack Sowerby who made his debut at Highbury this month.