United have entered the final frustrating days of waiting for the transfer window to open to kick start teams deciding the futures of their players.

Torquay United head coach Gary Owers knew that this period was coming, when United’s outgoings, injuries, and suspensions might leave United short on numbers before players could be signed.

“I’ve been saying for weeks we’re going to have this period. It is just the way the squad has been constructed starting at the start of the season and from when I came in as well, because I had to bring some people in. I would think that we’d struggle to have the full compliment [on the bench] at Boreham Wood on Saturday because of a couple of suspensions and injuries.”

Decisions have to be made on the loan futures of George Dowling, Alex Davey, Michee Efete, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb and possible contract extensions for Vincent Dorel and Guy Gnabouyou.

“I’m trying very hard to get one or two in before the game on Saturday, but we might run out of time. The time between the Boreham Wood game and the Wrexham game, and then the Wrexham game, I think we’re got a break after that – that’s going to be a critical period in terms of recruitment.

The Gaffer’s phone has been running hot speaking to clubs, agents, and players.

“It is constant. It is 8 o’clock in the morning until 11 o’clock. I’m not doing anything that I shouldn’t be doing – that’s part of the job. We’re chasing [players] at the minute and we’re not catching anyone, unfortunately. It only takes one phone call to make a massive difference.”