SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens admits he might have to dip into the loan market to secure genuine competition for goalkeeper Luke McCormick before the summer transfer window closes today.

Wellens has two youngsters as back up to the former Plymouth Argyle stopper – Will Henry, who spent large parts of last season out on loan at Southern League Premier side Swindon Supermarine, and Archie Matthews, who is yet to play a professional game.

Town manager Wellens, along with goalkeeping coach Steve Mildenhall, views his youthful pair of stoppers as long-term projects and is keen to sign a more experienced gloveman in case of injury or a loss of form to 36-year-old McCormick.

And while Wellens is keen to bring a handful more players in before today’s 5pm deadline, the Town chief was resistant to using his fifth loan on a goalkeeper but now realises it is a case of needs must.

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 win at home to Morecambe in League Two, Wellens said: “I think we need a goalkeeper now because I need to push Luke and I want competition.

“My idea all through pre-season was not to go anywhere near a loan goalkeeper, but the ones out there are either not good enough in my eyes or they’re too expensive.

“So it looks like we might have to dabble with the loan market.”

Wellens has made no secret of the fact that he thinks Town are a few bodies light of having a well-rounded squad that is capable of gaining promotion from League Two.

With less than one day to find players that might help the club do just that, names such as Shrewsbury Town’s Anthony Grant have been tipped as a potential incoming at the Energy Check County Ground.

When asked about the combative midfielder, Wellens replied with “wait and see”, suggesting there may be some truth behind that particular rumour.

Elsewhere, Wellens has targeted two more outfield players as Town aim to end their three-season stint in the EFL’s bottom tier.

Wellens said: “We’re close with a couple of players.

“There are a couple more that we would like in because we didn’t have Michael Doughty (against Morecambe) and we were lacking a body in midfield.

“Danny Rose is only just back too, so we need a couple just because when you look at us at the moment, you think: ‘We’ve got a chance (at promotion)’, but we’re not there yet.

“We’re not a squad you look at where you go: ‘They will finish in the top three’.

“If you look at Plymouth and Bradford, they’ve signed a player a day last week.

“They’re looking really strong, so we’ll need to do the same to compliment the ones that we’ve got.

“In terms of outgoings, we’ve circulated two or three players’ names, and we’re just waiting on feedback from other clubs.”