Graham Kavanagh admits Carlisle United’s head-spinning churn of players has been a problem this season – but that will not stop him trying to add to his squad.
Although Kavanagh has decided against offering Lewis Young and Paul Reid contracts, and has lost track of Derek Riordan, he is hopeful Carlisle may be able to use their 42nd and perhaps 43rd players this season at home to Gillingham.
The Cumbrians have lost seven of their last nine games, and Kavanagh admits the turnover of players has been a factor. “The fact we’ve brought loans in who have come and gone makes having that continuity and consistency difficult,” he said. “I haven’t had the same back four and goalkeeper two games running.
“But I think we will still try and bring one or two more in (before today’s noon deadline). For an awful lot of the season I haven’t had a huge amount of resources to change things from the bench.
“It’s important in the next 18 games that we build up a pool of players with varying talents.” On his trialists, Kavanagh said: “Paul was a Carlisle lad who was out of contract. He’s been fine but I’m just not sure he’s better than what I have. I don’t want to spend what I haven’t got and then not be able to sign someone better.
“I haven’t seen Derek Riordan for the last couple of days, so I don’t know what’s happening there. I don’t know if he’s found another club.”
Captain Paul Thirlwell is in contention after returning from a calf injury with the reserves on Tuesday.