STANLEY manager John Coleman admits some targets will be out of his reach due to the cut backs at the FES this season.
The Reds boss has had his player budget cut by a quarter and, although he is desperate to bring strong defender Kieran Charnock back to the club after a successful loan spell, it’s looking doubtful.
Charnock still has a year left on his Posh contract and, although he has been put on the transfer list, Peterborough paid £50,000 for him and it is believed they would want some kind of payment.
"Our chairman Eric Whalley is trying to speak to Barry Fry this week as we do want to sign Kieran," said Coleman. "But obviously if he costs money then that’s it we won’t sign him. We can’t buy any players."
Charnock is up in the air about his own future and could return to Champion-ship new boys Posh for the start of the new season if they don’t reduce their fee for him.
And Coleman admits targets like Chester’s Ryan Lowe and Bury’s Glynn Hurst could be beyond his reach.
Striker Lowe has been made available for transfer by Chester who were relegated from League Two and have gone into administration. Lowe scored 16 goals last season and Coleman is looking for an out-and-out striker. Hitman Hurst, meanwhile, a one-time Stanley target before he joined the Shakers initially on loan in 2006, has been released by Bury.
"I would love to have Ryan Lowe," said Coleman. "But I don’t think we would be able to afford him. And I think Glynn Hurst’s wages would be a problem too.
"We have other targets though which I obviously can’t name but a lot of clubs have released a large number of players so there are quite a lot to have a look at."
Coleman refused to be drawn on ex-Stanley striker Lee McEvilly, who has just been released from Rochdale.