JACK Ross has made Josh Todd his latest St Mirren signing – but admits any more arrivals will be dependent on further departures.
Ross has added the former Carlisle United winger to his squad after the 22-year-old was released on Friday by Dumbarton, where he had been playing as an amateur.
The Englishman has joined for the rest of the season, with the option for a further 12 months.
The Buddies boss has already drafted in Rory Loy and Craig Storie on loan from Dundee and Aberdeen, respectively, and snapped up Norwegian midfielder Pal Fjelde.
With Callum Gallagher, Tom Walsh, Ryan Hardie and Lawrence Shankland having all left, Ross has overseen a significant overhaul of his squad in recent days.
However, he has revealed that budget constraints mean further signings will only be possible if more players leave.
He said: “The position I was in I was only able to work within the budget that was already stated at the start of the season.
“So I can only get players in when I get players out, and I’ve managed that so far.
“With what we have done so far I still had a little bit left to bring in one more player [Todd] and thereafter if anybody else moves on that will create a hole.
“Potentially there will be others, depending on what happens as the month progresses.
“As January moves forward usually things get a bit more exciting in the market.”
Meanwhile, Ross has hailed the performance of Jamie Langfield after the former Aberdeen and Dundee keeper made his first appearance in over two months in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Dunfermline.
The 37-year-old turned in an impressive display, including a superb save from Nicky Clark’s second-half header, after being drafted in following an injury to ex-Rangers and Hearts goalie Scott Gallacher in training on Friday.
Ross added: “It was a test for him from a mental perspective because he has been out of the team recently, but I thought he did really well. His save in the second half was very, very good.
“He is a proven goalkeeper and we didn’t have too many concerns about him going in and doing his job properly.”