Gary Bowyer says a free week on the training ground has allowed him to take a closer look at several out of contract players.
The manager, who has made no secret of his plans to strengthen the squad further, invited five free agents to train with the club and play in a match.
“We’ve managed to get some in to have a look at and one or two of them have done very well,” he revealed. “It’s something that we want to explore, but that’s the easy bit, just getting them in.
“It’s been a little bit of a call to the rest of the squad that they’ve got to keep on top of their game as well. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that competition. We’ve had a couple out injured and we’ve been stretched with our numbers. If we could bring one or two in, that would certainly help us over the coming weeks.”
The game the unattached players featured in was a split squad one, which proved beneficial for a number of others going without regular minutes at the moment.
“We’ve got three games coming up in a week now and there’ll be some changes in the team throughout that week, so it was a really good time to get that in for the players,” Bowyer added.