New faces may be needed if Grimsby Town overcome Luton in FA Trophy - Hurst
THE outcome of tonight's FA Trophy clash could have an impact on Grimsby Town's transfer dealings this week.
If the Mariners were to overcome Luton Town at Blundell Park, a two-legged semi-final would be then added to the club's already hectic fixture list.
And joint boss Paul Hurst has confirmed that could force the managers' hands into bringing in more new faces before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
It has already been a relatively busy month at Blundell Park.
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Marcus Marshall, Jamie Devitt and Richard Brodie have all joined until the end of the season, while Ross Hannah has also been snapped up on a permanent deal from Bradford.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Hurst said: "After tonight, that will give us a better idea of what we need because, if we progress, we've got those two extra games and the schedule becomes particularly busy.
"That's going to play a part in our decision-making to a degree.
"There's a couple of areas that we're looking to strengthen and some more so than others.
"We're looking at two, possibly three depending on if anyone goes out.
"We're always looking and I think everybody realises that with the players that we've brought in.
"But it is very much about getting the right players in.
"The majority of players that are out there are young lads who are unproven and I think a lot of teams are reluctant to take them.
"Players that we're looking at – because of where we are – have to have the calibre, experience and know-how to come in and make an impact."
Hurst added that he feels the Mariners' squad is still light in terms of numbers, compared to some of their promotion rivals.
And he underlined the importance of carrying a competitive squad as the Mariners look to maintain their twin challenge.
"I still feel we haven't got the biggest squad in the league," he continued.
"We're certainly not at the numbers of other clubs in the division.
"We're pushing for promotion and I would hate for that to fall down because we're low on numbers.
"But the lads that we've got have done exceptionally well so far and that's the dilemma of changing it.
"The other danger is that we've got a squad of 19 or 20 players who are all capable of going in and we don't want to stockpile players.
"But we've got to balance that with getting a squad in place that can compete."
He added: "If we knew someone was out there that we feel could strengthen the team, then we'll look to bring him in.
"Looking the other way, it's not looking as though anyone will be moving out at the minute.
"If we can identify that player and move them out, then we'll look to do something."
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