Micky Mellon says he must look to trim his Oldham Athletic squad before he can add to it again.

The Latics boss has had a recruitment drive in January, this week snapping up striker Andrew Dallas on loan from Barnsley until the end of the season, having earlier signed Ethan Walker, Tom Conlon, Sai Sachdev and Oliver Hammond.

Mellon had initially hoped to make at least one more signing before the weekend's visit of Woking, when Dallas is also expected to make his debut.

However, it now seems he must balance the books before anyone else is added to the payroll, with squad numbers swelling.

Mark Shelton has been linked with a move to Halifax but at this stage The Oldham Times understands there are no exits imminent.

Asked whether Oldham supporters could expect any more new faces this week, Mellon said: "We would have to do a wee bit of housekeeping, moving things around to try to get things moving. That's proving to be a wee bit difficult to be honest.

"We haven't got an everlasting pit of funds here, that's for sure. We work to a very good budget supported by a brilliant, supportive family.

"We'd probably have to jiggle a few things around now to try to get people in. But there's certainly a lot of people who want to come and play for Oldham and want to be a part of this, and if we get the opportunity to get them and we think they'd make us better then we'll get after them."

Sachdev and Conlon made their full debuts in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Barnet, having got off to a false start with consecutive postponements.

While Sheffield United loanee Sachdev marked his with a clean sheet - Latics' third on the spin, Conlon was particularly impressive in midfield.

"He's what we needed. I've done this for quite a long time now so I know what I need and what I want to move towards," added Mellon, who described Dallas as someone who would bring "class, quality, know-how, pace" to the team.

"He's Scottish - it's about time we had some of them here," the Latics boss smiled.

"He's a real all-round plus.

"He's not had a lot of match minutes, same with Conlon and young Sachdev as well. They've not had an awful lot of football so we're just watching because what you don't want to do is overload them.

"We'll look towards Dallas coming in for the weekend and that should be an exciting frontline if we get the opportunity to keep mixing it up and keep them playing together, we promise to be a really good front-foot team."