JOHN Coleman admitted it is tough trying to wheel and deal in the transfer market on a limited budget.
The Reds have four loan players at the club in Kieran Charnock, John Paul Kissock, Kallum Higginbotham and Craig Lindfield and signed UniBond winger Sean McConville on an 18 month deal during January.
But Coleman says they have got a limited scope to get players in to help them move up the League Two table.
The Reds have unearthed non league gems like Gary Roberts and Ian Craney in the past but admits it is not easy to find these talents.
"Realistically our shopping ground is first year professionals who have been released from bigger clubs; taking loan players who are first year pros or YTS’s or looking at the lower leagues and trying to bring them through," said the Reds boss.
"The problem you have got is, when you look at the league below us, the Conference, you are talking telephone numbers for players and wages so that takes them out of the equation.
"So then you have to look further afield or lower. There are still some very good players out there and hopefully they are the ones who will come through and do well for us.
"Sean will hopefully make the step up but it is always a bit of a gamble," said Coleman, with the frontman signed from Skelmersdale for a four figure fee.
"He is keen and enthusiastic and determined to take his chance with both hands.
"It doesn’t always work out but the situation we are in means we have to take a punt on lower leagues. You have to back your judgement and hope it works."
He knows that the average age group of the Stanley players is getting younger and younger with several teenagers in the squad but he says that’s the way it has to be at the FES.
"Our budget dictates that we largely target younger players and that seems to be the way forward for us.
"We had a young versus olds game in training and Kieran Charnock, at 24, had to be in the old team to level it up! I don’t think you can beat youthful enthusiasm though and hopefully they will be the ones who carry us through to the end of the season."
He has found the season tough so far with an unprecedented amount of injuries hampering their bid to finish higher than the 17th place and 51 points they finished on last season.
The Reds’ chief said he also didn’t expect to take anyone else on loan in the near future despite the fact the loan transfer market had re-opened.
"At this moment, we won’t be taking anyone else on loan that’s mainly due to the finances," he said.
"We will have to get on with it. Andy Procter went for a scan midweek on his Achilles and that must be about the 16th player who has had a scan.
"We have 17 games left and 51 points is what we want but realistically we want to win as many games as we can especially at home. You want to win pushing up to half of these. We should certainly be targetting our home games and trying to take more points from our positive performances we have shown away from home.
"We have played some good football this season. We played really well against Morecambe for the bulk of the game and need to aspire to reach those height every time we play.
"It is not always possible but we will keep striving for it. What we do need to do though is turn our good football into results."
And he admitted it is a worry at the bottom with tomorrow’s opponents Bournemouth pulling off a few shock wins to keep the pressure on in the battle to avoid relegation.
"There are not just us but a lot of clubs looking over their shoulders. If Luton and Bournemouth get into the mix then I suppose it makes it interesting for the clubs at the bottom in the final part of the season.
"Hopefully though we won’t be involved in that," he added.
STANLEY’S postponed match against bottom club Luton Town, called off last Saturday, will take place at the FES on Tuesday 24 February, kick off 7.45pm.