sport

Johnson scouring the market

Gary Johnson continues to scour the market for potential new recruits who can aid Yeovil Town's Championship cause.

With the Glovers sat 23rd in the second tier standings, they need to find a spark from somewhere to ignite a survival bid.

Fresh faces could bring that, and Johnson is doing his best to make the right additions.

He only has until the end of the month to strike permanent deals, but he is also looking to be active in the loan market and believes there could be business to be done there past the end of January.

Johnson told the Western Gazette: "There's no use just adding and not getting any better than you've moved out. We've got to make sure we use everything we get in wisely, with whatever we save in salaries.

"There's no use having a big, bad squad, we've got to find the people that make a difference and they don't come knocking on your door every morning. You've got to be disappointed in 49 before you find that 50th sometimes.

"Hopefully in our relentlessness to find who's available and who's out there, someone owes us up there - and I'm not talking about the directors, higher than that. We're due a bit of grace, someone's got to say, 'We'll help them for a bit'.

"We've got three loans so we can only get two others in, one long-term and one 93-dayer and I'm still waiting on word from Ishmael (Miller). Evidently, we're still in that game."

Ishmael Miller impressed during a short-term stay from Nottingham Forest towards the end of 2013 and Johnson would like him back, but the Glovers boss admits he has contingency plans in place if his efforts there come to nothing.

He added: "You do, but your plans B and C don't hang about. At this stage not many people want to give good players away to anybody, they want to keep them. There are not that many players floating about.

"Febian Brandy has gone back to Walsall - people go back to clubs that they know and are comfortable with.

"I don't want to make it sound about how unlucky we are, what I'm saying is that even after the window shuts, if we haven't found somebody then, we still have the emergency loans, unlike the Premier League.

"Those loans will take you to the end of the season. We've got to make sure that the right ones come in now because I remember getting Kevin Amankwaah and Efe Sodje in the year we went up from League Two and they gave us the impetus at that level to help us stay in a positive position and get us promotion.

"I've got to get us a couple that I think are going to help us get out of the relegation zone. Of course that's a lot different at this level and that aren't so many players available to you."