TOWN boss Peter Jackson has abandoned hopes of signing a goalkeeper on loan before the Blackpool double.
It not only means Jackson will field five outfield substitutes for the League and LDV Vans Trophy matches at Bloomfield Road which are hot on the horizon.
But it opens up the intriguing possibility of play-off hero Paul Rachubka returning to the Galpharm Stadium alongside Phil Senior in the wake of Ian Gray's injury.
The 23-year-old Charlton keeper is on loan at League II Northampton until next Tuesday, following an earlier loan this season with MK Dons.
That would seem to leave a five-day window of opportunity for Jackson to strike before Town tackle Brentford at home on Sunday, November 7.
The manager - whose Reserves are at Boston United tonight (7.00) - had few details to reveal on his inquiries, other than they'd gone cold for this week.
"I have abandoned any hopes of bringing someone in before the weekend," said Jackson, who refused to reveal his potential target.
"I have identified the keeper I want and talks have taken place, but nothing will happen now until next week."
Fans would certainly welcome back Rachubka after his 16 appearances last season and his penalty shoot-out heroics in the Millennium Stadium victory against Mansfield.
Meanwhile, Jackson will turn attentions to a new deal for central defender Nathan Clarke.
"I have spoken already to Nathan's representatives and they are now arranging to come in," he said.
"The great thing is that Clarkey is keen to sign again and it's important we get things sorted quickly, so he can get on with the season.
"He is playing outstandingly well at the moment and people find it hard to believe he's still only 21, simply because he's been in the first team since he was 17.
"If we don't get to speak this week, I would hope it will certainly be in the early part of next week."
Defender David Mirfin has now recovered from the head injury he suffered in the 3-1 win against MK Dons and had no reaction to the full training session yesterday.