MK Dons boss Karl Robinson wants ‘three or four’ new faces at the club in January in a bid to push on for the second half of the season.
With Dons currently in third in League 1, with a game in hand on those around them, Robinson is wary not to get too carried away with the campaign yet to hit the halfway stage.
But in previous seasons, the wheels have come off Dons’ promotion ambitions around the busy New Year period, and it’s something that Robinson is keen not to let happen again.
He said: “I’ve got to challenge these players, and I don’t think they’ve been challenged enough in Januarys gone by.
“I’ve learned my lessons. In the past, I’ve thought my group was good and that we could deal with it.
“But if I can find someone better, it keeps everyone on my toes, and if they’ve better than what I’ve got, it’ll improve us obviously.
“There are three or four I’d love to bring in. People might say I’ve got six or seven players in that position already, but if I can bring in someone even better, then he’ll knock them all down. That’s what I’ve got to do.”
A gap is beginning to open up between the leading quartet of Bristol City, Swindon, Dons and this Saturday’s opponents Preston, and the chasing pack - seven points separate Dons from the final play-off spot.
The manager though still feels his side are punching above their weight, and need to make a conscious effort to improve if they are to keep up with the pace.
“We’ll know the true story in January,” he said. “We’ll start to see a divide. You can see the top three or four starting to become detached now though, and I want to be part of that - we’ve never been a part of that.
“We’re punching above our weight. But the season is nowhere near over, and we need to make sure we’re fighting until the bitter end.
“There will be no ounce of effort left behind. This is a year of our lives that has been dedicated to this club.”