PETER JACKSON today admitted a permanent deal for Delroy Facey at Town is looking less likely.
As Efe Sodje began a two-year contract at Yeovil, brother Akpo signed for Darlington and Danny Adams joined Town on non-contract terms, the manager revealed a loan to the end of the season was probably the best option he could envisage on Facey.
The 24-year-old is due to play the penultimate match of his initial month's loan tomorrow night against Hartlepool, who have signed Steve Howey (ex Newcastle).
But ahead of today's noon deadline for permanent transfers (5pm for loans), Facey remained a possible target for other clubs with Oldham certainly keen to add him to their ranks.
"Delroy was a target for numerous clubs when I managed to get him here on loan," explained Jackson.
"His debut was excellent and then he has fallen below the high standards which I would set and which Delroy would set for himself.
"He has been excellent in the club, but I think the most we can hope for is to take him on loan to the end of the season."
Those comments perhaps indicate Town's budget won't stretch quite far enough to accommodate powerful Facey, especially with the club needing to expand their squad when the new transfer window system comes into operation this summer.
The Sodjes' departure creates some leeway.
Elder brother Efe insists he has enjoyed every minute of playing for Town and he is hoping to be back at the Galpharm with a promoted Yeovil side next season.
"Efe goes with our very best wishes and we are delighted he's got fixed up straight away," said Jackson.
"He has been very popular with staff, players and fans at the club and it's unfortunate that his disciplinary record has let him down this time.
" Efe loved it here, though, and he would ideally have liked to have stayed, but he leaves with some very happy memories and our heartfelt thanks for his contribution."
Adams' non-contract deal means he can leave at any time, but Jackson puts him straight into the senior squad against Hartlepool (7.45) as Town bid to end a run of seven straight away defeats.
"When Danny has played against us I've been very impressed with him and he will give us cover down the left hand side," he said.
"He's strong, aggressive, his distribution is great and, from what I hear, he was on course to win Stockport's Player of the Year award.
"I obviously disagree with the Stockport coaching staff about his qualities!"
Andy Booth (illness) was back in training today and Jackson leaves Tony Carss, Steve Yates, Anthony Lloyd and John McCombe out of his squad as 19 travel.
Town have sold 500 tickets for Hartlepool. Tickets are on sale until noon tomorrow.