Ronnie Moore is not expecting to have all of his targeted loan signings in place until a month into the new season.
The Hartlepool United boss has used the loan system to good affect since taking charge at Victoria Park, with several of his loan recruits playing a key role in the club’s survival.
Rakish Bingham, Aaron Tshibola, Ryan Bird, Jordan Hugill, David Mirfin and Jordan Jones all contributed to the cause as Pools retained their League Two status.
And Moore says he intends to use loans again in 2015-16 to bolster his ranks.
But he knows he may have to be patient with clubs unwilling to let fringe players go in the first few weeks of the campaign.
“The loan market will be key again,” Moore said.
“The problem we have is we won’t have them until the season starts because a lot of teams want to wait and see and then decide, so it could be four weeks in.
“You are going to be four or five games gone before your loans are in.
“Therefore, it is vital that your first pick of players is strong.
“Then, if you do pick up a few knocks, you are able to go into the loan system as early as possible,” added Moore, who is keen to attract players from Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Not all of Moore’s loan signings were a success though, with ex-Plymouth Argyle striker Marvin Morgan falling out of favour after just four games and one goal after joining the club at the end of January.
The experienced 62-year-old readily admits you need to be lucky when it comes to playing the loan system.
Moore said: “The loans changed the way we played and sometimes you do get lucky as a manager.
“I have said to Sam [Collins] since day one that our full backs love going forward but aren’t so brilliant at the other end.
“So, we changed it to 3-5-2 and then we won four games.
“That little bit of luck, it isn’t me being a genius, sometimes if you have square pegs in round holes then you have to change it.
“And we weren’t getting consistency from the wide men to stick with 4-4-2, sometimes it is forced upon you.
“When you make the change, it has worked for us.
“And you have to be lucky on the loans because you don’t always know until you get them in, which has been proved here.”