Brian's latest interview with the ECHO
Story from The Gloucester Echo
Cirencester Town boss Brian Hughes admits some players may have to leave the club as a knock-on effect from their injury crisis.
Used to working with a small squad on a low budget, Hughes has been forced to abandon his principles by signing Adam Connolly from Gloucester City and bringing Shayne Anson back to the club from Paulton Rovers to cope with the long list of casualties, while also taking Connor Thompson and Jamal Lawrence on loan.
And although there are positive signs that the injury situation is easing, Cirencester cannot afford to continue operating with such a large squad, meaning Hughes will have some tough decisions to make.
Hughes said: "It's an extraordinary situation and one I hadn't experienced any time at Cirencester before. It goes against my philosophies and it hasn't been a nice situation. There is light at the end of the tunnel but we've got too many players for our budget and the problem could be thatplayers have to leave, which is not a nice situation and not something I've done before but with six of the first team injured we couldn't not put a team out.
"We know Shayne anyway. He was captain before and we never wanted him to go but his situation changed at Paulton and it was amicable on both sides for him to come back. Adam looks a good signing, he's getting on the ball and passing it and that's what we were looking for so we're happy with that."
Ellis Dunton played in the 1-0 defeat at home to Hungerford Town in the Red Insure Cup on Tuesday night with no side-effects but Josh Parsons picked up a knock on his return and is struggling to be fit for Saturday's Southern League Premier Division game at Poole Town.
James Mortimer-Jones and Ben Brown will also be back in contention, while Gethin Jones and Zack Kotwica will be assessed before the game but Anson is suspended.
Despite their injury problems Cirencester are only outside the play-offs on goal difference ahead of their game at second-placed Poole, who lost the title on the final day last season.
"It's a shame we're going to Poole on Saturday, it's the toughest fixture we'll have all year, but we're still in the top six and still in there scrapping," Hughes said. "I think they're the best side in it, they were last season until they blew up at a crucial stage so it's an exceptionally tough place to go. Our form has been strange. We've been to Redditch and won there and won at St Neots but we've gone to games where we thought we'd do better and lost. We know what we're up against and will go there and give it a good go."