Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock hopes new faces will help his side kick on between now and the end of the season.
The former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers defender wants to bring in two or three players on loan as the Dolly Blues enter a key period of the campaign.
Arrivals are likely to come after Saturday’s game against Northwich Victoria at Giant Axe, the first match of a run that sees City face the top four sides in the NPL First Division North.
Peacock’s need for new arrivals comes with the news that striker Aaron Taylor is likely to miss large chunks of action due to a change in his working hours.
Peacock said: “I’ve made a few calls about younger lads from professional clubs.
“We want to bring people in because it will be good for competition. We’ve only got a small squad and it would bolster us between now and the end of the season.
“We’ll also be without Aaron Taylor a lot from the end of the month because his shifts are changing.
“He might only be available for one Saturday a month but he’s going to train with us in the week and do as much as he can.
“He’ll be a big miss for us because he’s done really well. We’ve only got a small squad and we’re going to need everyone over the coming weeks.”
After Northwich’s visit to the city, the Blues face Scarborough Athletic, Salford City and Darlington 1883 in what looks a daunting run on paper. But Peacock is relishing the challenge.
He said: “We’re 10 points off the play-offs but have got a lot of the teams above us to play, some home and away.
“We’ve nothing to fear and I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s a test for us but we’ve shown we can compete with the top sides in the division.”
City go into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Farsley on Tuesday night as they exited the Doodson Sport Cup at the quarter-final stage.
Peacock said: “We arrived really late, which wasn’t ideal preparation but we did well in the first half.
“We had two or three good chances but to be fair their keeper made some good saves.
“In the second half we fell asleep right from the kick-off and the individual errors from before Christmas crept in.
“I’ve no qualms about the desire and the willingness of the players to run but we’ve got to make sure the concentration is back on Saturday.”
Elsewhere in the NPL First Division North, Clitheroe host Scarborough and Kendal entertain leaders Darlington 1883.