Billy Davies wants to make Nottingham Forest even stronger for the promotion run-in
BILLY Davies is still looking for ways to make his Nottingham Forest squad even stronger, as he looks to help the Reds extend their remarkable run of form.
Six straight wins have lifted Forest into fifth place in the Championship table and emphatically revived their play-off hopes.
But the manager says he is still on the look out for possible loan signings, as he seeks to ensure the Reds have enough strength in depth for the final eight games of the campaign.
Davies has compiled a list of potential loan targets from Premier League and Championship clubs – and says he will move if the right player is available.
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"We are still looking. I have looked at the squads in the Championship and the Premier League and, if the players are there, we will add," said boss Davies.
"But, it is not as easy as that. Until the window closes, however, we will look to add to the squad, definitely."
Davies is yet to make a signing since embarking on a second spell at the club, but he has also maintained a consistent approach to selection, rarely making a change to his starting line-up unless injury or suspension has enforced it.
Only 14 different players have been used in the starting line-up, in the Scotsman's seven games in charge.
But one player who will be hoping to force his way into the reckoning is Lewis McGugan.
The midfielder scored after coming off the bench for the third game in a row and Davies admits he has been impressed with his attitude – and his impact.
"Lewis was very close to starting on Saturday," said Davies. "I told him I was thinking about it.
"But it is nice to see him having a smile on his face again, around the place. He looks a much happier player.
"He is certainly back to doing what he does best.
"It is good for the young lad, because confidence is everything. He has got goals in him, there is no question about that."
Davies says McGugan is close to peak fitness again, after telling the midfielder that he had taken his weight loss too far when he first returned as manager.
"He has to get the balance right," said Davies. "He went too far, when it came to trying to lose weight.
"He went at it too much. He has to find a balance.
"But the most important thing we have done is put a smile on his face.
"When we first came back, that was missing. Now he is happy, he is working hard, he is getting himself in good condition and he is a fantastic asset."