BURY manager David Flitcroft may have acted quickly to bring in new faces in the first week of the transfer window, but there could be many more leaving the club than arriving by the end of January.
It was announced this week that Trevor Carson will stay at Portsmouth until the end of the season after Bury agreed to extend the goalkeeper’s loan deal.
The 25-year-old stopper was loaned out in October as the Shakers’ board bid to get the high wage-earner off their books.
That news followed the decision not to renew the loan deals of Fleetwood Town defenders Shaun Beeley and Dean Howell, and Sunderland centre-back Scott Harrison, while 18-year-old striker Tom Pratt has agreed to have his contract terminated.
And that may just be the start of the exodus.
“We are going to be looking at getting players out, there is no doubt about that,” said Flitcroft.
“We are working on that continuously and are making strides.”
While the Bury boss has earmarked the players he wants to keep, as well as bring in, he admits the board has been left to concentrate on shipping the remaining players out.
Instead, he will be putting all of his energy in preparing the Bury squad for Saturday's trip to League Two promotion hopefuls Chesterfield.
“Concentrating on the football, and planning for Chesterfield is my sole focus,” he said.
“Behind the scenes, the board is working intensely to balance the squad and make sure that’s even.
“You can’t have 30 players at any football club, but certainly not at a football club that doesn’t have its own training ground.
“In view of the financial fair play regulations, your squad size will have to come down and the squad size has been big here.”
While a number of players will be on their way out, Flitcroft is more than happy with the players he has been able to bring in, with experienced defender Pablo Mills and top marksman Daniel Nardiello amongst five signings.
“We have got enough energy in the team now and enough speed in and around the squad,” he said.
“It’s about balancing that consistent performer of the right age with the youthfulness and dynamic capabilities of someone like a Danny Mayor, a Craig Jones or an Anton Forrester.
“It’s about trying to find that balance.”