John Coleman is stepping up his striker hunt with both Craig Lindfield and Rory Boulding suffering slight injuries.
Frontman Boulding has agreed a one-year deal with the Reds this week - although there is still a transfer embargo at Stanley for their late accounts to Companies House which means. although all deals are agreed, no player can yet be registered.
The accounts, though, have been sent to Companies House and the Football League and the Reds are just waiting for the all-clear from the league which they expect this week. Defender Johnny Bateson has also agreed a one-year deal with Ray Putterill and Andy Parkinson ready to sign up for six months.
But Coleman knows he needs cover up front with both Boulding and Lindfield missing some pre-season clashes with slight injuries.
The scoring duties fell to Sean McConville in the behind-closed-doors 2-2 friendly with Burnley at Gawthorpe on Wednesday and Coleman is out to find more firepower. "I will have to get a striker in," said the Reds chief. "We have changed our system slightly (playing 4-3-2-1 at times ) because we have lost so many forwards but hopefully we will bring in one or two forwards before the season starts and possibly another central defender and then see where we go from there.
"I would like them to be permanent deals if not loans but sometimes the bigger clubs like to wait until the season has started which isn’t ideal for us but you have to live with it.
"I would like to bring in more players to the squad but, if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world."