Johnson not ruling out more deals in loan market as deadline passes
Yeovil Town could return to the loan market once it reopens next week, providing the right target becomes available.
Manager Gary Johnson has refused to rule out adding further new faces to his squad after signing Bristol City's Liam Fontaine until January on Monday.
The left-sided defender was the Town boss' only piece of transfer deadline-day business, safe in the knowledge his team could enjoy an international break this weekend before emergency loans were again permitted again from Monday.
Johnson said he would be closely monitoring those players who are able to leave their parent clubs on temporary deals to ensure he is ready to swoop if any of his star men become suspended or injured.
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He said: "It will depend on who becomes available and whether it's the right time. I can only have a certain-sized squad, so if one of our key players becomes suspended or injured I've got to make sure that I can fall back on the emergency loan system.
"The Premier League boys have to get their loans done in the windows because they're not allowed to do anything outside of the windows. That's why most of the business is with the Premier League boys.
"With us, seven days after the window shuts and after the international break, we can start loaning again. Generally, an emergency loan can last three months and that nearly takes us up to the next transfer window anyway.
"None of the Football League clubs really missed out by not doing anything now because in a week's time we can start emergency loaning again and that's why there isn't really any panic."
Johnson first worked with Fontaine during his first spell at Huish Park, taking the then-Fulham youngster on loan and then signing him after moving to City. With the 27-year-old struggling for form and falling out of favour following relegation to Sky Bet League One at Ashton Gate, Johnson said raiding his old club for a familiar figure was not just taking an easy option.
"People often talk about me going back for the players I have worked with before, but that's only because I've put a lot of time and energy into those people and I know what I'm going to get," he said.
"They know what they're going to get as well, and at this stage you can't be bringing in too many people where I have got to start again.
"It's not the easy option, it is because of the work that I have put in previously with that player. He wasn't having a great time at the same time as Bristol City weren't having a great time. He's been a great servant to the club but he probably needed a bit of a change.
"I know people will say: 'Do we need another centre half?' Right at this minute I'd say 'no' because we've got Danny Seaborne and Byron Webster having made that place their own for the moment.
"Alan Tate is on the sidelines as well. But I've always wanted to go with four centre-backs so I could rest some people. Sometimes they get a really hard time against some excellent strikers and it's very hard to concentrate for 50 games when you're at the back."
Johnson added that Swansea City defender Tate – who, like Fontaine, can also play at centre-half or left-back – is injured. "At the moment, he's got a slight hamstring strain. We're keeping our eye on that," he said.