Lack of quality holds up Lincoln City's talent search
Gary Simpson admits his attempt to strengthen Lincoln City squad has hit the buffers because of a distinct lack of quality on the market.
The new Imps boss is desperate to bolster his squad, which he says "needs help", but is struggling to find players good enough to join his fight.
Simpson this week signed striker Gomez Dali, who was released by Woking, and yesterday ran the rule over some French trialists.
But despite City's precarious position after Tuesday night's defeat to Wrexham, he insists he will not make panic signings.
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"If I could strengthen, I would strengthen, but they have to be better than what you have already got," he said.
"And that is my major problem at the moment.
"The only players who are available now are the ones who people don't want.
"At this stage of the season it's tough because if they are half decent, clubs don't want to let them go.
"Obviously the better players cost you money and we simply do not have it.
"At the end of the day we are looking at trialists and doing our best to strengthen a squad which needs a hand."
Simpson ruled out the possibility of delving into part-time football for new recruits after signing Todd Jordan.
The former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder has impressed in his last two games having been recruited from Northern Counties East Division One side Shirebrook Town. But Simpson does not believe in filling his squad with those kinds of discoveries.
"I don't think you can put too many of the players in your team who come from a lot lower down than we are currently playing," he said.
"We've done well with Todd but I knew about him because I was working with him before Christmas.
"There's not that many players about to be fair."
Meanwhile, Simpson is hoping his players can answer the "$1,000" question as to whether they have the character to survive a relegation fight.
Ahead of Saturday's massive trip to Nuneaton, City are three points off the drop zone but have played more games than the bottom four.
Asked whether he had the character in the dressing room to successfully drag the club out of trouble, Simpson said: "It's the $1,000 question isn't it? We'll have to wait and see."