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Boss talks transfers and team news as window closes and Cambridge approaches

9 August 2018

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Kevin Nolan says Notts County’s transfer business is done for now - but the loan window may be an option in the coming weeks.

After bringing in 10 new players earlier this summer, the boss is happy with the dealings done ahead of Thursday’s 5pm deadline.

But with the loan window still open until the end of August, he did not close the door on any future incomings or outgoings.

“Later this month we will see quality players become available,” said Nolan.

“What happens is Premier League teams establish their squads and know who they can send out on loan, so they look to the Championship, then to League One and then we may get a hidden gem at the end of the window, like Mason Bennett last year.

“When clubs do have people available on loan we want to be their first port of call and now we’re seeing that they want to come to Notts County because we send them back as better players.”

No one is heading for the exit at Meadow Lane, though some of Notts’ younger players could be given the chance to impress out on loan.

Nolan added: “We’ll look at loaning them out to the National League, or further down so they can get games in men’s football in front of 300 or 400 people.

“Then they play 10 games or so and come back with the bit between their teeth and, if they play well, that’s their career up and running.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Cambridge, the gaffer had good news on summer signings Andy Kellett and Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“Andy Kellett has trained all week which has been pleasing,” he said.

“Christian has started integrating himself into small passing groups so hopefully he’ll be more involved in the next week or two.

“We’ve had a couple of dropouts but we’re hoping they’re going to be back in tomorrow so, apart from Christian, I’m pretty sure I’ll have a fully fit squad going to Cambridge.”

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