SPIREITES boss Paul Cook hopes to be able to add a permanently signed Jay O’Shea to his squad for tomorrow.
Having seen Craig Westcarr’s contract cancelled, Brennan Dickenson’s loan expire and, yesterday, he also waved goodbye to former Portuguese international Luis Boa Morte, Cook is a bit short on numbers for the game at home to Northampton Town.
O’Shea’s loan from MK Dons expired after he’d scored and the team had lost at Wycombe last weekend but Cook is desperate to sign the Irishman full-time. The manager says the deal is ‘very close’ to being concluded. No fee is expected to be paid to Karl Robinson’s side.
On Boa Morte’s departure the manager said: “Luis has been a model professional during his time with us and we thank him for his efforts but we have decided against extending his stay. All of the loans and short term contracts are above the budget that was set at the start of the season, so we need to do what’s best for the club.”
Cook indicated that O’Shea is likely to be the only arrival before Aidy Boothroyd’s team comes to the Proact Stadium: “I thought I may be able to move on some of the transfer listed players a little quicker, but that’s not been the case.”
He also confirmed that listed Terrell Forbes will not step in to cover for the injured Drew Talbot (broken toe). “He’ll not play for the club again, it’s gone beyond that,” the manager said.
There’s been a bout of flu at the club all week and a number of players’ training has been restricted, but Cook says the training has been positive despite picking up just one point from the last nine available.