Torquay United boss Gary Owers says that he has a series of tough decisions to make with his squad over the next month, not least because the Gulls still have seven loan players on their books.

Head coach Owers has to keep his relegation fighters picking up points – they meet new National League leaders Aldershot Town at Plainmoor on Saturday on the back of two successive wins – while assessing who he wants on board in 2018.

Owers stressed: “It’s a big game on Saturday. But I want to play as many big games as possible in December, January and February – and then look forward to a very boring end of the season.

“I don’t want all our big games in March and April, because that will mean we are still in trouble then.”

But he admitted: “It’s difficult at the minute.

“We have loans potentially going back within two or three weeks, I’ve got to lose four or five of the squad, so I have to decide who I want to keep.

“We are entering into discussions with clubs to see where we stand there as well.

“There is an element of uncertainty, because I can’t tell for sure what the squad will look like in January – that’s what I’m trying to do.

“I’ve only got a certain amount of loans left to use, so I’ve got to get that right.”

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