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U's manager Ward is not looking to bring in loanees
12:17pm Friday 6th July 2012 in Colchester Utd
JOHN Ward has no plans to be a loan arranger this summer.
The Colchester United manager has looked to make use of the loan market to bring in players since taking over the U’s helm, but he insists he has only been looking for permanent deals this summer.
He has already signed midfielder Marcus Bean and striker Freddie Sears on three-year-deals.
Ward admitted that he has been looking for an experienced central defender after Magnus Okuonghae turned down a fresh contract offer.
Ward said: “I’ve been talking to more than one and we’ll be looking to see how it develops.
“Having seen Magnus and Ben (Williams) go does help with room in the budget, but we have to replace Magnus, we are also looking at strikers and you never quite know what will come up in pre-season."
Loanees are not in Ward’s sights, though.
He added: “I’m keeping my options very open at the moment.
“If someone said we could have a player come in then we’d look at it, but I haven’t ventured down that way yet.
“I am very much aware, though, that the situation may change change as August approaches.
“Championship and Premier League clubs may look at their own situations again and there could be things we’ll follow up then, but not at the moment.”