Housham to lobby Iron again over Waterfall return
Steve Housham has revealed he intends to have a new centre-half in place in time for this Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers Stockport County.
However, it remains unlikely that the player will be former Gainsborough Trinity defender Luke Waterfall, now at League Two Scunthorpe United.
The Trinity manager is desperate to reverse the team's fortunes after suffering five successive defeats in Skrill North so far this season.
And after seeing another defensive mistake add to their misery against Telford last Saturday, Housham is determined to beef up his defence for the trip to Lancashire.
"I am on the case," confirmed Housham. "I am ringing up and speaking with my contacts and scouring the clubs we have relationships with, but it's not always easy.
"I have been busy trying to bring someone in since Sunday, but we have nothing concrete to report to supporters just yet.
"I have approached Scunthorpe and asked the question about Luke Waterfall, of course I have.
"I would love to bring him back here on loan because he would be a massive help to this team at this moment.
"I know he was on the bench for Scunthorpe at the weekend, but I also know he is very highly thought of at Scunthorpe and, up to now, we haven't had any luck bringing him back on loan. But we will keep trying and I will keep asking the question.
"Would it be a backward step for Luke? Some might say it is, but I don't think so. We could give him games and that would be good for him."
Housham has already shown he is not afraid to make tough decisions.
On Saturday, he brought in Conner Robinson from county neighbours Lincoln City and has also snapped up young striker Rhys Oates on a one-month loan from Barnsley.
Left-sided midfielder Dan Clayton, from Harrogate Town, has also joined the club on non-contract terms and all three new players were named in the starting line-up against Telford.
"I thought the new lads came in and were a breath of fresh air," added Housham.
"I know we lost the game, but I saw enough improvement to leave me feeling positive.
"Overall I was pleased with the performance and we could have been 2-0 ahead at half-time.
"The two young lads up front did very well. It is a position in which you can throw youngsters in because they will run all day.
"But they were good too and they caused Telford problems. Unfortunately there was another mistake at the back and it cost us."
Housham says he has been in contact with teams from the Championship, League One and League Two as he continues his search for a central defender.
"Obviously I have targets, but as yet we have not been able to get anyone," said Housham.
"I think it is a position where you need an experienced head in there.
"Up front you can gamble with a couple of youngsters because they offer so much energy and they can survive on adrenaline.
"At the back it's different, so we need to get the right player in. But I am still working towards that and I hope to have someone in place in time for this weekend."