Chris Plummer looks set to turn to the loan market to further boost the ranks at Corby Town before the Calor League Premier Division campaign gets under way.
The Steelmen boss confirmed he had a “discussion” with Northampton Town boss Aidy Boothroyd and assistant-manager Andy King following Wednesday’s NFA Maunsell Cup defeat.
The Cobblers claimed a 3-1 success at Steel Park, although Corby gave a pretty good account of themselves and looked the more likely to grab a winner after Nabil Shariff’s second-half equaliser before Northampton finished the job with two late goals.
And Plummer admitted friendly clashes with Football League clubs can be just as useful off the pitch as well as on it.
“We never wanted to go and make panic signings for the sake of it,” Plummer said.
“It’s about getting the right players in who will make a difference and who are going to be in the side.
“We are still looking to add a couple but we want to make sure they are of the right quality.
“We will be looking at the loan market and this is why it is good to play against Football League clubs because there may be a chance of picking up players from them.
“We are two or three weeks behind these clubs at the moment but we will be ready for August 17.
“I had a chat with Aidy and Andy King and we have had that discussion about certain players. We will see if anything comes of it.”
Next up for the Steelmen is another home game against a Leicester City XI on Saturday.
And Plummer was pleased with what he saw against the Cobblers, especially in the second half.
He added: “It was pleasing. Our emphasis has been on the defensive side of things early on but we looked a bigger threat going forward against Northampton.
“We got a goal and created other chances and that was good to see.
“We have said all along that the results are key and we do want to win games in pre-season but overall it’s about being prepared for August 17.
“It is about getting the fitness levels up and making sure the lads know what is required of them.
“We were a bit tentative in the first half but we grew into the game and after we got the equaliser, we looked like the team that was on top.”