FUNDS remain available for Swindon Town director of football Paul Jewell and manager Richie Wellens to use in the January transfer window, despite both failing to tie down their initial senior targets due to a lack of money.

Wellens has made no secret of his frustration with regards to losing his initial targets to higher clubs due to not being able to compete with them financially.

But chairman Lee Power claims that the funds made available are enough to bring multiple fresh faces to the club before transfer deadline day on Thursday, January 31.

Power told BBC Wiltshire: “The window is there, and money is available to get players in – hopefully we’ll leave that to Paul and Richie to bring some men in.

“There is still a long way to go.

“If we can add a bit of quality to the squad and hold onto the shirts of the teams in the play-offs, then hopefully we can put a run together.

“The nice thing about having a director of football is that I let them get on with it.

“The funds are there, and they are wheeling and dealing.

“It was like that with David Flitcroft and Phil Brown too – they were the people that were bringing the players in.

“It’s no different this time.”

Four changes have already been made by both Jewell and Wellens in the window, with Elijah Adebayo returning to parent club Fulham following his struggled time at SN1, while Steven Alzate has been forced back to Brighton & Hove Albion through injury.

Striker Ben House and holding midfielder Canice Carroll meanwhile were announced as the club’s two latest recruits – both joining on loan deals until the end of the season from Reading and Brentford respectively.

The future of Sid Nelson, meanwhile, remains in the air as Town look to attract the 23-year-old back from Millwall after his loan spell concluded on New Year’s Day.

Power added: “Steven (Alzate) is a fantastic player and I don’t think we saw the best of him in his last three or five games because he’s been carrying that injury.

“But, at the start of the season I think he was one of the best young players we have had, and we’ve had some good ones in the past four of five years here. It’s a big disappointment.

“I feel sorry for Elijah (Adebayo). He tried his best and it is difficult when you are up there as a goalscorer and you’ve got to score goals, and when you don’t people get on your back.

“That’s football. He has hopefully learnt a lot and we wish him all the best.

“It was a hard start for Ben (House) and Canice (Carroll) on Saturday, the pitch wasn’t the best – I don’t think it suited us.

“But Canice came into the game and played really well and when Ben came on, it was like a breath of fresh air.

“He runs around and covers a lot of ground, he obviously set the goal up as well – I’m sure he’ll be pleased.”