Published: 08:00, 18 October 2020
| Updated: 08:25, 18 October 2020
The domestic transfer window has closed but Gillingham boss Steve Evans is keeping his eye out for a deal.
Free agents without a club since the window closed on Friday will remain available to sign and there are a few of them around but Evans - whose hopes of an addition before the weekend we as dashed - will be focussing on those players he has already signed for now.
His team face Portsmouth, Fleetwood, Ipswich and Sunderland in their next four matches - four teams all fancied for success this term.
Evans said: “There are some non-contract players out there, whether we are going to do anything or if there are positions we need to fill, we just need to get through this tough run of games.”
One more signing before the summer window closed would have taken his recruitment tally over the summer up to 16, but those he has made look promising. He accepts they will be inconsistent too, however, as the match at MK Dons showed.
He said: “We had the go-ahead for a player to join us but that was subject to their club getting one in. They couldn’t get their player in but we knew early, by lunchtime, that it wasn’t going to happen, because they couldn’t land their target.
“It’s disappointing but, hey, that happens. We have had a good window.
“They are all young, we are certainly the youngest in the Football League by some distance, the stats tell us.
“We will continue to play with those energy levels. We didn’t show them (on Saturday). We need to understand why and we will do that when we review it but we will work hard and let our players know.
“You lose a game in the league and it is not fatal five or six games in to the season, you can come back. It is always about the reaction. They are young and they will learn.”
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