MANAGER ALAN Knill would like to make use of the loan transfer window, when it reopens on Monday, but it looks like players will have to head OUT of Torquay United before they can move IN.
The Gulls' boss said only last week, before the permanent transfer window shut, that he likes to 'shop' in the loan market.
But he stressed then that he was close to his budget limit.
And when the subject came up again after this week's Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Portsmouth on penalties, Knill repeated that he has little scope for additions without some 'wheeling' as well as 'dealing'.
Knill signed eight players during the close-season, including young Derby County forward Callum Ball on loan and teenagers Danny Sullivan and Jake Hutchings from the Plainmoor Academy.
He still has ex-Birmingham defender Jack Deaman, 20, on trial.
But asked about the chances of strengthening his squad in the near future, he said: "It would be dependent on players going out."
No moves have been made towards that end yet, and United have the latest in a series of 'reserve' friendlies next Tuesday, against Plymouth Argyle at Plainmoor (2pm).
Knill's budget is in the bottom half of the League Two wage 'table', for the United board is determined to try and break even at a time when many clubs are hovering on the edge of financial trouble.
"We'd all like to be paying all sorts of money, but we are not going to put the club in any danger," said Knill.
He was far from happy after the JPT tie, not just at the result but also about United's overall performance.
"We were totally dominated by the better team in the first half. In the second half we were better, but not a hell of a lot better," he said.
"I hate losing any game, and especially losing on penalties.
"It wasn't the performance I was after, and it shows we have a lot of work to do."
United now face two tough away games over the next two Saturdays – at Fleetwood and Rochdale.
They will again be without winger Billy Bodin, on international duty with Wales Under-21s, at the Highbury Stadium this weekend.
"Everyone will expect them to win, but I expect us to win," said Knill.