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Dartford boss Tony Burman wants to bring in permanent signings during the January transfer window

09 January 2014
by Steve Tervet

Tony Burman (Pic Andy Payton)

Tony Burman (Pic: Andy Payton)

Dartford manager Tony Burman is working hard to bring in permanent signings during the January transfer window.

Nine loan deals have been done by the Darts already this season, following the arrival of Andy Pugh and Rory McAuley from Cambridge United this week, but Burman isn’t looking for any more short-term fixes.

And in the month when Premier League bosses become engulfed by a whirlwind of transfer activity, Burman revealed his situation was "absolutely like that" too.

He said: "The phone hasn’t stopped ringing and we’ve rung potential targets. We’ve made our interest clear but unfortunately, at this moment in time, there isn’t anyone definitely coming in.

"I want to get some players in, not loan players and we’ve made enquiries but these guys are under contract and they’re not available. It’s a frustrating situation and we were doing that during December as well.

"Lots of agents are ringing us up and there are clubs we’re ringing to see if we can bring players in. We have been doing our best."

Jim Stevenson is staying with Dartford for another month (Pic Andy Payton)

Jim Stevenson (Pic: Andy Payton)

Dartford, who cancelled defender Matt Fry’s contract last week for personal reasons, have extended one of their existing loan deals – Luton agreeing to let midfielder Jim Stevenson stay at Princes Park for a second month.

But Burman said: "We’re looking to bring players in who we know we’re going to keep for a period of time.

"With the loan situation, there’s always the call-back clause after the first month. Loan players are good, and it can work for you, but you don’t ideally want lots of loan players."

Lee Noble remains suspended for the Welling game but Danny Harris is fit.

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