STANLEY boss John Coleman admits there is uncertainty surrounding the future of the club’s seven loanees as the January transfer window looms.

The Reds have two players - Matty Platt and Connor Ripley - on deals until the end of the season but both have break clauses.

Defender Platt could well be recalled by Blackburn Rovers having struggled for game-time at the Wham Stadium, and has twice returned to play for his parent club’s Under-23s.

Ripley meanwhile, on loan from Championship side Middlesbrough, has been attracting interest from other clubs.

Of Stanley’s other loanees, Connor Hall (Bolton Wanderers), Luke Charman, Dan Barlaser (both Newcastle United), Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) and Nick Anderton (Blackpool) see their deals expire next month.

The latter three have been regulars in Coleman’s side this term but the Reds boss knows the decisions could be taken out of his hands.

“It is in the lap of the gods with parent clubs,” said the Accrington chief.

“We will be doing what I think it is right.

“I seem to be spending most of my days just speaking about them and it is a slow process.”

The decisions of the loanees will have an impact on Stanley’s transfer business next month and Coleman knows a patient approach will be required.

“It is going to go until the end of January, it won’t be an overnight one,” added the Reds boss who revealed he had targets in mind should he need to strengthen.

“Recruitment is difficult full stop, in January or in the summer.

“We are mindful of the fact that we haven’t got a lot of money to play with so we have to get a higher proportion of our decisions right and you don’t get always get them right so that is what I have been spending most of my time on.

“We have got a few lads out on loan at the moment and we will address the ins and outs when January starts and we have a better angle on what is happening with the loan players who are currently here from their parent clubs.

“It is pretty much the same every year, you have to assess and re-evaluate and then make decisions on what you have seen.”