Cherries: Funds available for Bradbury to further boost squad
CHAIRMAN Eddie Mitchell insists funds are available to boost Cherries' depleted squad if Lee Bradbury opts to strengthen ahead of this week's loan deadline. Boss Bradbury revealed after Saturday's defeat at Carlisle that he had been on the hunt for a striker as Cherries looked to maintain their place in the League One play-off mix during the crucial run-in. Bradbury has seen his attacking resources hit by injuries to Michael Symes and Ben Williamson, while Steve Lovell is not yet ready for a first-team comeback. Influential Symes, who has hit eight goals this term and four since Bradbury took charge, is said to be about a week away from a return. In his absence, teenage duo Danny Ings and Lauri Dalla Valle were tasked with leading the line in the 1-0 loss at Brunton Park. Bradbury's only experienced option on the bench was player-assistant manager Steve Fletcher, with rookies Jayden Stockley and Lyle Taylor the other forwards among the substitutes. Speaking after Cherries' third consecutive reverse, Bradbury said: It would be nice to have somebody like Symesey a bit more experienced and with a bit more presence up front. It is no secret we have been looking for somebody like that. There is nobody out there at the moment, that we have seen, that could come in and have an immediate effect for us. Symesey is probably only a week away from playing so, hopefully, we will have him back soon. I thought we missed him on Saturday. Cherries' attack is not the only area to be affected by injury concerns going into the final nine games of the campaign. Defenders Rhoys Wiggins and Warren Cummings both sat out the game at the weekend, while midfielder Mark Molesley injured an ankle playing for the reserves last week. Centre-half Ryan Garry has been a long-term absentee. The loan deadline is Thursday and Mitchell confirmed he was ready to back his manager, should he identify a player that fits the bill. Speaking to the Echo yesterday, Mitchell said: We never closed that option and never wanted to. We have got the budget to get a loan player in until the end of the season no problem. It is finding the right person, but that is not easy. We have got to find that bit extra and if that means getting in a loan player, then so be it. Cherries made use of the loan market last week when they extended the stay on Fulham man Dalla Valle until the end of the season.
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