BUSY Peter Jackson was today stepping up enquiries to sign a loan defender.

The Galpharm chief missed out on two potential targets last week but remains keen to strengthen his injury-hit squad following the morale-boosting 3-2 win against Bournemouth.

Jackson, who included 17-year-old Tom Clarke on the bench, is hoping both David Mirfin and John McCombe will be fit for the trip to Walsall.

He is hoping Nathan Clarke (groin) will resume training this week, too, as both Tony Carss and Andy Holdsworth prepare for hernia operations on Wednesday.

"We should have a few players more available, but I'll be looking to make an addition to the squad and it promises to be another busy week," said Jackson, who made four changes to his starting line-up and who now has midfielder Chris Brandon back after suspension.

"It's a blow to be losing Carss and Holdsworth for around a month, but Clarkey is making good progress and Mirfin and McCombe will be fit.

"I was pleased with all the lads who came into the side against Bournemouth and I think we showed a lot of character.

"We dropped far too deep in the second half and came under pressure from a very good side, but the important thing was how we reacted and dug in.

"Saturday wasn't about the performance, it was about the result and it was a good win, hopefully one to settle the grumbles that have been around lately."