Mellon set to be loan arranger

Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon has revealed he is poised to bolster

his injury-hit defence with a loan signing this week.

Mellon was forced into a reshuffle at the back 15 minutes into

Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Cheltenham after skipper Steve McNulty

limped out of the action.

Additionally, Blackpool youngster Ashley Eastham’s decision to

join Notts County in favour of extending his loan with the Cod Army

has left Mellon short at centre-back, but the Scot expects to bring

in an unnamed defender by Thursday.

“We’re looking actively to try and bring in another centre-half

because we only have one recognised centre-half at the minute and

that’s Youl Mawene,” he said.

“We’d hoped that we’d have Ashley Eastham for another month

because he’d agreed to come, so we allowed Rob Atkinson to go to

Accrington. But then Ashley changed his mind and it left us a wee

bit bare to be honest.

“But we’ve got a good scouting system and good contacts and we

think that we’ve hopefully secured somebody who will come in and

start training with us on Thursday.”