TOWN will wait another fortnight before agreeing an extended loan deal with Coventry City for Lee Fowler.
The Welsh midfielder scored a late winner in Saturday's 3-2 friendly victory against Halifax at The Shay and manager Peter Jackson is keen to sign him for at least the first three months of the Third Division campaign.
With three weeks until the big League kick-off against Cambridge United at the McAlpine, however, there is no point signing him immediately, incurring extra costs and losing almost a third of his loan in pre-season.
It means Fowler will not play in Wednesday's eagerly-awaited McAlpine clash with Sunderland (7.45), which marks the return of former Town favourite Marcus Stewart.
"It would be silly to start a three-month loan now rather than just before the season starts, so we have spoken to Coventry and Lee won't play on Wednesday," said Jackson today.
"Our original agreement was for a two-match trial, so Lee has figured well against Emley and against Halifax and he will stay with us to train.
"I am keen to bring Lee here on loan because I think he's a decent little player who likes to get a tackle in and who also likes to make forward runs, as he showed with his goal on Saturday."
Jackson is seeking clearance from Sheffield United to play trialist centre-back Steve Yates against Mick McCarthy's First Division side.
Former Tranmere man Yates is still on contract at Bramall Lane, although he has been given the nod to find a new club and has indicated he would love to be offered a contract by Town.
Ex-Blackpool defender Ian Hughes and former Blades winger Tyrone Thompson will definitely play as Jackson looks for his players to respond to their biggest test of all in pre-season.
"It was far from a wonderful performance by us on Saturday but at least the lads kept going and won it in the end," he said.
"On that form, I would fancy Halifax to do very well in the Conference this season and we rode our luck a lot at times, but it says a lot of their attitude that the lads came through in the end and I know they want to do well against Sunderland.
"We do want to put on a good show for our home fans, who will be keen to give Marcus Stewart a really warm welcome back to the club in what is his first appearance here since he was sold, and hopefully there will be a big turnout to spur the lads on."
It is all pay at the turnstiles on Wednesday. Prices are £10 for adults, £7 seniors and £3 juniors. The Panasonic Stand is closed.