PORTLAND United manager Simon Browne has admitted he is open to the idea of making new signings before January ends.

The Blues currently sit 11th in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division ahead of today’s visit of Horndean (3pm) to Grove Corner, and have struggled to convert chances of late.

Browne’s men are set to be boosted by the returns from injury of midfielder Ross Doidge and forward Sanchez Baker for the clash, but feels there is “no point” in making a signing unless a player can benefit his side.

He told Echosport: “Jake (Richmond, assistant-manager) and myself have talked about the squad in every area.

“I’m not looking at anything other than to see if there are players who can improve us.

“There’s no point in bringing in a player who won’t feature – that’s a pointless exercise.”

Browne also revealed it had been problematic to scout players due to balancing work and his private life with his Blues’ commitments, adding that when he had the chance, matches had been postponed.

He said: “It’s difficult to balance private life without football dominating. There’s only so much time to talk about who you need to get.

Dorchester Reserves have had games and they’ve been called off, so even if yours is off and you think you can watch another team, it isn’t possible.”