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4 February 2021

O'Neill on deadline day offers for Blues and keeping the squad together

Lee O’Neill has said it was important to keep the squad as strong as possible for the second half of the season after rejecting enquiries for some of the Town players on transfer deadline day.

Brett McGavin was the only departure on 1 February, the midfielder joining Ayr on loan for the rest of the season, where he will team up with fellow Blues loanee Corrie Ndaba. Other loan exits in the month were Idris El Mizouni (Grimsby), Adam Przybek (Chesterfield) and Janoi Donacien (Fleetwood).

"There was interest shown by some clubs in loan deals for one or two of our players on deadline day," Town’s general manager of football operations told the Club website.

"I’m not going into details on who asked about who but we felt they weren’t the right deals for us.

"Brett, Corrie, Idris and Adam have gone out to maintain their development and play first-team football, which is what they need at this stage of their career. It’s the same with Ben Folami in Australia [Melbourne Victory] and Janoi wanted some game time. That's why we let those players go out.

"It was vital that we managed to maintain the squad though, keep the competition for places as strong as possible and give us a chance to kick on over the second half of the season."

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