Boss Gavin Cowan insists AFC Telford United have to learn from their past mistakes and not be so reliant on the loan market.

The Bucks had 10 players on temporary deals last season, with varying degrees of success. Marcus Dinanga being borrowed from Burton Albion worked out superbly, ending up as their top scorer, but Aaron Simpson and Aaron Hayden had their intended season-long stays from Wolves ended not even halfway through.

“It’s naive not to use the loan market, it’s a good tool – but you have to get it right,” said Cowan. “We have to learn what we did last season, some of the mistakes made. It was a good learning curve.

“We’ll tap into that market at some point, I’m sure of that. The immediate aim, though, is to bring in players who are tried and trusted as all of us here want to be looking up, not down.”

Ryan Leak, Connor Johnson, Ryan Giles, Ben Wilson, Ryan Schofield, John McAtee and Kane Richards were the others to have loan spells at the New Bucks Head last term. Conversations with potential new signings are progressing nicely and Cowan hopes to have a few more through the door soon.

Shane Sutton, Ross White, Jon Royle, Henry Cowans, Darryl Knights, Amari Morgan-Smith and Ellis Deeney are those already tied down for next term.


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