TOWN manager Andy Ritchie is optimistic about extending midfielder Ronnie Wallwork’s Galpharm stay before tomorrow’s loan transfer deadline.
And the Galpharm chief remains keen on bringing in a striker ahead of the 5.00pm cut-off.
With Town having nine games – plus a possible FA Cup second-round replay – between now and the reopening of the transfer window in January, Ritchie is eager to boost squad numbers.
“We’re keen to have options, because you never know what’s around the corner in terms of injuries and suspensions,” he said.
“A striker is the priority, and having been frustrated over the last couple of weeks, we’ll keep trying until the last minute if necessary.”
Ritchie has been pleased with the performances of former Manchester United player Wallwork, who has turned out 10 times.
His second month’s loan ends after Saturday’s clash with Orient, whose boss Martin Ling is also keen to top up his squad “in one or two areas.”
He said: “At the moment I’ve got 19 players that I’m very comfortable with.
“But we might need just a bit more to help us get through the Christmas period, especially if Birmingham decide they want to recall Sam Oji.”
l Non-league Staines’ FA Cup first-round replay with Stockport will take place tomorrow.
The match was postponed on Monday because of a waterlogged pitch.
Heavy rain through the day made Wheatsheaf Park unplayable and the match was called off 40 minutes before kick-off.
Ryman League Staines had earned a replay against League II Stockport with a 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park and had sold 3,000 tickets for Monday’s game.