Westley expects quiet loan deadline day

Stevenage have signed Tom Flanagan on loan from MK Dons until the end of the season. Picture courtes

Stevenage have signed Tom Flanagan on loan from MK Dons until the end of the season. Picture courtesy of MK Dons - Credit: Archant

Graham Westley is not expecting much, if any, squad movement today (Thursday) despite the loan window closing at 5pm.

The Boro boss did his deals ahead of deadline day, bringing in Connor Henderson from Hull City and Tom Flanagan from MK Dons. Henderson was on the bench for Wednesday’s loss against Coventry.

“I’m not expecting a busy day,” said Westley.

“If there are free loans available then we will take a look at them, but that’s the sum of it. We are where we are and we’re concerned with the boys we have here.”

He added: “We’re not playing with funds but we managed to get players – we got a lot of help from Hull and MK Dons.

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“Connor gives me strength to cover Michael [Doughty], who has picked up 10 bookings. He’s good, young centre half with experience in League One. Those two deals are done and they’re in the squad for the rest of the season.”

Westley admitted that Stevenage are not in a position to compete financially with other League One clubs but he expects Henderson and Flanagan to have a positive influence on the team.

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“If you look at the side we’re playing: Bristol City have Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Sam Baldock, both £1m strikers. We’re signing young lads with limited experience.

“We bring them in for their qualities but they’re available because of their flaws and inexperience. At this level you need to make sure you have enough quality on the pitch to win games. The margins are what you pay for but the lads coming in will make a difference if they step up to the challenge.”

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